‘Flu shots readily available’, first documented case of flu in NWT this year

Minister Abernethy receiving his annual flu shot.
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It is officially flu season in the Northwest Territories.

Earlier today, Doctor Andre Corriveau confirmed, via Twitter, the first diagnosed case of influenza.

The first documented case of influenza A has been diagnosed in the NWT. Please wash your hands frequently and use these tips to avoid spreading germs: http://ow.ly/5qsr30h6rTc

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Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Kami Kandola, says while the identity and whereabouts of the ill person is hidden under standard medical practices, residents should definitely consider getting the vaccination to avoid catching the virus.

We can confirm that influenza is circulating the Northwest Territories,” says Kandola. “As with any case, we will have to wait for the lab to let us know which strand it is. People often get sick in the winter and it’s a reminder that the vaccination will help fight off the virus.

The news comes on the same day the Alberta Health Services confirmed six flu related deaths this winter in Calgary – three in the past week. While Calgary is much larger than any community in the North, with a population greater than the entire territory, it remains important to get you and your family vaccinated this winter season.

The Government of the Northwest Territories offered free flu shot clinics throughout the territory. Unfortunately, the final clinic for the season ended yesterday, in Wekweètì. Kandola says they’re still available at Regional Public Health Unit.

You can call your Community nurse or contact your Regional Public Health Unit. Flu shots are still readily available and free.

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