Some provinces already have in wake of H1N1 study

 
By Katie DeRosa, Times ColonistSeptember 27, 2009

With Dr. Bonnie Henry of the B.C. Centre for Disease Control looking on, Dr. Perry Kendall holds a press conference in August in Vancouver to discuss H1N1 flu concerns and preparations. Kendall, the provincial health officer, is expected to address the media at Monday’s meeting as well.

Photograph by: Wayne Leidenfrost, Canwest News Service

B.C. might suspend seasonal flu shots as early as Monday for people who aren’t seniors, in the wake of a Canadian study that suggests people who get the normal flu vaccine are twice as likely to contract the H1N1 virus.

Several news outlets have reported the preliminary findings of the study, which is still under peer review. Researchers found that those who received the seasonal flu vaccine in the past were more likely to catch H1N1.

While the research was initially met with much skepticism from health officials, several provinces, including Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia, have suspended seasonal flu shots for anyone younger than 65, the Globe and Mail newspaper is reporting in its Monday editions.

Quebec announced its decision Sunday, postponing regular flu shots until January to devote the fall vaccination season to the wave of expected H1N1 infections. New Brunswick, on the other hand, announced last week that it will stick to its plans to offer seasonal flu shots in October.

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China
•  Hong Kong: 21st death confirmed there (Link)

Hungary
•  Healthy man dies of swine flu; health minister expresses concern, denies epidemic (Link)

India
•  12 yr old girl 1st to die in Meerut (Link)
•  Chandigarh reports a doctor and a med student in hospital w/ H1N1 (Link)
•  5 deaths confirmed, total now 303, and 177 new cases reported (Link)

Japan
•  Japan: worries as cases increase sharply(Link)

Netherlands
•  Influenza Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (58): PB2 Mutation (Link)

United States
•  Second wave of swine flu pandemic begins to hit US (Link)
•  Officials Push Swine Flu Shots for Migrants (Link)
•  Bacterial Co-infections are Playing a Role in the Ongoing Pandemic (Link)
•  AR:H1N1 Claims Life of 6 yr old Boy  (Link)
•  CO: Colorado middle school closes for week for 1 confirmed case, multiple absentees (Link)
•  CO: boy who died had asthma, but death was ‘consistent’ w/ flu fatality (Link)
•  CO: Six out of 10 children in one family sick w/ H1N1, 13 yr old on ventilator (Link)
•  DC: Geo. Wash Univ. student letter: Risking our health (Link)
•  FL: Sick teacher, more than half of class (Link)
•  IA: two deaths confirmed in IOWA from H1N1 (Link)
•  ID: first death confirmed in Idaho, man in 50s (Link and link)
•  MI: Rochester reports H1N1 in school district  (Link)
•  MO: H1N1 claimed another life, a man 30s, in Ripley County (Link)
•  MO: University of Missouri confirms first campus case (Link)
•  MO: New mother dies from ARDS due to flu (Link)
•  OH: H1N1 ‘widespread’ in schools (Link)
•  OH: More on death of U. of Miami student, Matthew Healey, 18 (Link)
•  SC: Columbia confirms death (Link)
•  TX: FW student died of ‘unknown causes’ (Link) and (Link)
•  TX: Huntsville ISD cancels classes (Link)

General
•  WHO revises swine flu death toll  (Link)
•  Health Advice: Are ‘Swine Flu Parties’ Safe? (Link)

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