H1N1 activity on decline here

Heather Latter

While there is still very sporadic cases of H1N1 activity in the region, the Northwestern Health Unit indicates there’s been a decrease in activity.
“Overall, the activity has lessened in our region,” said Arlene Lesenke, director of health protection for the health unit.
“The whole point of the immunization is prevention, so one would hope we are seeing the impact of people being immunized,” she added.
As of last week, the health unit had immunized about 8,000 individuals across the region.
But Lesenke noted those still interested in being immunized are encouraged to visit their local health unit office, which continues to offer both the H1N1 and seasonal ’flu vaccinations.
Seasonal ’flu shots can be received at the health unit office in Fort Frances during walk-in clinics scheduled for Dec. 10, 15, and 17.
Appointments can be made at the Emo office for Dec. 10, 15, and 22.
Lesenke said vaccinations also will be offered well into January.
In addition, the Fort Frances Community Clinic is booking appointments on Dec. 14 for both the H1N1 and seasonal ’flu vaccinations.
While there hasn’t been any known activity of the seasonal ’flu here so far, Lesenke indicated it usually comes later on in the season.
She stressed practising good personal hygiene is the best defence.
“People should continue to practise infectious control measures, which is washing your hands often, coughing and sneezing into your sleeve, [and] avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
“And if you are sick, stay home,” Lesenke advised.
For more information, contact your local health unit or the ’flu clinic hotline at 1-866-468-2240.
Information also is available at www.nwhu.on.ca