Medical Advisory - First Case of Influenza

Released October 24, 2016

Issued by: M. Mustafa Hirji, MD, MPH, FRCPC Associate Medical Officer of Health​

Influenza Surveillance

  • ​​Niagara Region Public Health has received notice of the first laboratory confirmed case of influenza A
  • Health care providers are recommended to have a heightened awareness of respiratory symptoms and suspect influenza as a causative agent

Prevention & Management

Influenza Vaccine

  • Influenza vaccine has been shipped to providers and vaccination of all patients can begin
  • Health care providers are encouraged to recommend influenza vaccine to all persons over 6 months of age. Particular emphasis is encouraged towards those
    • ​At high risk of complications
      • Children aged 6–59 months
      • People > 65 years
      • Pregnant women in all trimesters
      • Persons with underlying health conditions (e.g. cardiopulmonary or renal disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, or weakened immune systems)
    • ​Likely to spread to vulnerable groups
      • ​Health care workers
      • Household contacts of those at high risk
      • Persons who provide child care to kids under five years of age

For further For further information, please contact Niagara Region Public Health, Vaccine Preventable Disease program at 1-888-505-6074 or 905-688-8248 ext. 7425 Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., after hours 905-984-3690.

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