The Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg partnered on a new study outlining the current outbreak of the H1N1 flu.


Dr. Shelley Buchan from the Central R.H.A. explains certain people, if infected, have a higher risk of severe health effects and hospitalization.

The study found the majority of people infected with the virus were able to get better on their own.

However, she notes unlike typical flu, individuals hospitalized with H1N1 tended to be under the age of 55.

Buchan notes a quarter of those hospitalized ended up in intensive care and required ventilation.

Buchan says the pandemic influenza vaccine for H1N1 will be available to everyone above the age of 6 months.

She says large vaccination clinics will be set up in different parts of central Manitoba, and encourages everyone to take advantage of the free vaccine.

~ Tuesday, October 27th 2009 ~