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Wait Times Improve as Staff Manage Flu Intake Patients: WRHA

Wait Times Improve as Staff Manage Flu Intake Patients: WRHA

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A nurse working for Vancouver Island Vaccine loads a syringe with flu vaccine for injection at the Victoria Clipper Terminal in Victoria Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody)

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority says patient wait times have improved in recent weeks, despite a spike in visits by people suffering from the flu.

The WRHA opened 70 over-capacity beds to handle the intake and another 68 beds, that would normally accommodate surgical patients, were temporarily repurposed.

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Spike in Flu Patients Prompts WRHA to Postpone Elective Surgeries

Spike in Flu Patients Prompts WRHA to Postpone Elective Surgeries

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A flu vaccine is injected in Montreal, Tuesday, December 5, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

A rise in the number of patients attending Winnipeg hospitals for treatment of flu-like symptoms has prompted the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to postpone elective and non-emergency surgeries scheduled for this week.

“We are dealing with a particularly tough flu season which has resulted in very busy emergency departments and a resulting increase in demand for in-patient beds,” said Dr. Bruce Roe, vice-president and chief medical officer at the WRHA.

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Respiratory Infections in Babies on the Rise in Winnipeg

Respiratory Infections in Babies on the Rise in Winnipeg

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A flu shot is administered in Barre, Vt., Nov.18, 2004. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Toby Talbot)

WINNIPEG — More babies are being admitted to hospital with respiratory infections, says the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

The HSC Children’s Hospital is seeing a recent increase in the number of cases of RSV respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) bronchiolitis.

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Flu Shot Clinics Opening on Wednesday

Flu Shot Clinics Opening on Wednesday

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A flu shot is administered in Barre, Vt., Nov.18, 2004. It’s official. Flu season is in full swing in many parts of Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Toby Talbot)

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is preparing to open 12 public flu shot clinics across the city on Wednesday.

The annual flu vaccine is recommended for pregnant women, children between six months and five-years-old, seniors over the age of 65, those with a chronic illness, health-care workers or first responders, individuals of aboriginal ancestry, and people who are severely overweight or obese.

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Free Flu Shot Clinics Begin October 21

Free Flu Shot Clinics Begin October 21

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Health Minister Sharon Blady (right) receives the flu shot on Friday, October 9, 2015. (GRACE HOSPITAL FOUNDATION / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — Free flu shot clinics will begin operating on October 21, protecting against four different influenza viruses this year.

The province and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority launched the 2015 influenza immunization campaign on Friday.

“The flu is preventable, and we are encouraging Manitobans to get immunized and benefit from the increased protection offered by this year’s new flu vaccine,” Health Minister Sharon Blady said.

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Nine Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Manitoba

Nine Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Manitoba

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(Woman in bed with the flu image via Shutterstock)

WINNIPEG — Nine deaths in the province have been linked to lab-confirmed influenza and another 480 reported cases are present.

Manitoba’s chief provincial public health officer advised Friday, that like other jurisdictions, the province is experiencing an increase in cases of seasonal influenza.

The demand to treat infected patients is also increasing, putting a strain on regional health authorities to manage resources.

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Flu Shot Clinics Opening in Winnipeg on Tuesday

By Tyler Sutherland

Flu ShotFlu clinics across the city will begin administering the annual influenza vaccine to the public on Tuesday.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is running 12 clinics from October 22 to Saturday, October 26.

“It’s important to get the flu shot every year,” Health Minister Erin Selby said. “Each flu season is unique and getting the free shot can help keep your family and those you care about healthy this winter.”

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Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics Open in Manitoba

Health Minister Theresa Oswald receives a flu shot at the QuickCare clinic on McGregor Avenue on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. (CHRISD.CA)

Manitobans are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get a flu shot.

The annual influenza immunization program launched province-wide Tuesday. Anyone in close contact with individuals at increased risk for influenza-related complications, such as health-care workers, first responders and household contacts and caregivers, are a focus for influenza immunization.

Health Minister Theresa Oswald received a shot during a photo-op at a QuickCare clinic in Winnipeg this morning.

“When people get the shot they are protecting themselves as well as their friends and families who might be at an increased risk of serious illness,” Oswald said. “The flu shot is available at no charge to all Manitobans and can help people stay well during the flu season.”

Specific clinic dates and locations are available at Manitoba.ca/flu and by calling Health Links-Info Santé at (204) 788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257.

Flu Shot Clinics Opening on October 16


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Annual flu shot clinics will begin running in less than a week throughout Winnipeg.

From October 16-20, the public can attend one of 12 clinics and receive their annual influenza vaccine.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is staffing the city-wide clinics (see above map), while regional health authorities facilitate their own vaccinations. Details on rural clinics can be found at gov.mb.ca.

Further information on the seasonal flu or pneumococcal immunization can be found by calling Health Links-Info Santé at (204) 788-8200 in Winnipeg or toll-free 1-888-315-9257.

— Staff

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