There have been more H1/N1 deaths and hospitalizations in B-C…but, the province’s top doctor says that doesn’t mean there’s been another spike in the infection rate or a third wave of the flu.
Eight more deaths from the flu have been recorded, lifting the provincial total since April, to 42. In addittion another 93 people have been admitted to hospital with severe symptoms of the flu.
Provincial Health Officer Doctor Perry Kendall, says it appears that patients from the second wave are taking longer to make their way through the health system. He’s still urging people to get their flu shots, which have been available, to anyone who wants them, since last week.
Meantime, local area residents are again reminded, of the Friday night benefit dance and silent auction for a local Swine Flu victim at the Fort St. John Curling Club.
Sarah Thom contracted the flu last month, and was air-lifted to University Hospital in Edmonton, where she dodged death and began her long road to recovery. The single mother of two children is a residential care attendant at the North Peace Care Centre and admission to the fundraiser to help her support her family, which begins at 7 o’clock, will be by donation.
There are two numbers to call for further information…250-793-7329 or 250-271-0973.