Sunday, October 18, 2009

H1N1 vaccine will not happen overnight: Aglukkaq

Canada will release the vaccine against the H1N1 avian fever earlier than expected, although some countries have started their vaccinations, said Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health on Friday.

We will not miss a step in the vaccine in the hands of man, and we will not miss a step in relation to the review of clinical data are available, said Aglukkaq Vancouver.

The United States, China and Australia already have their vaccinations.
Canadians have access to the vaccine until the first week of November.

Planning is good, Aglukkaq said, because unlike all other countries, Canada faces a position to anyone who wants and needs of H1N1 vaccine.

Provinces prepare for the role of a vaccine outsCanada also purchased vaccine H1N1, the lack of booster chemical called alternative in pregnant women because there are few data on the safety of pregnant women advjuvant, Canada, Head Medical Officer, Dr. David Butler-Jones said from Vancouver. Ontario expects to implement projects of H1N1 in early November, and non-adjuvanted form for pregnant women from November 7, leader of Ontario's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King, told a news conference in Toronto Friday.

Starting Thursday, 80 deaths in Canada were associated with the virus, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

British Columbia and the Northwest Territories a greater number of birds in relation to the rest of the country.

Our rate of prescription antiviral drugs has increased to around 5000 a week, the laboratory tested here is about 700 samples per day in an officer of health in British Columbia Dr. Perry Kendall told reporters Friday.

From time to time the samples tested positive for strains of seasonal influenza, he said.

BC deathsSince start of the outbreak, BC had 78 hospitalizations and eight deaths, said Kendall. In seven of these deaths, the patients had underlying disease. The eighth death was investigated.
British Columbia provides the same level of mortality from seasonal influenza, but most affected young people, he added.

Kendall advised people to call Telehealth services and if the symptoms of flu are concerned, instead of flooding emergency rooms and laboratories.

In Atlantic Canada, said the mayor is concerned that their area could be prone to epidemics due to lack of a national pandemic plan.

The mayor, who, in Charlottetown, Friday Congress of Mayors of the Atlantic said the H1N1 virus could city officials, including police and other workers ill health.

The statistics give us pause in U.S.
Canada has reported increased rates of influenza-like illness for the third consecutive week, with some provinces now have levels typically seen at this time of year, who told the weekly briefing on Friday.
In the United States, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday that the swine flu has caused an unprecedented amount of disease, with 11 more deaths among children reported in the last week.

Emerged from the 86 children who died from the pandemic virus in the spring, has identified 43 deaths in September and early October alone, said CDC reports. During last winter, the agency reported 40 to 50 deaths of children for the period around the flu.

Overall, the United States, deaths from pneumonia and influenza-like illness was, what the agency considers the epidemic.
These statistics are very disappointing, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and respiratory diseases.

Canadian health authorities said it was unclear why the epidemic is most prevalent in the U.S. compared with Canada. The reasons may be as simple as Canadians are paying more attention to the warnings and do a better job, wash hands, stay home when sick and coughing and sneezing in your sleeve.

The WHO noted that the majority of H1N1 disease is not always easy and people back within a week no treatment.

But the concern is focused on small subsets of patients who are quick with severe pneumonia, often the failure of other organs, or aggravation of underlying asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary May is producing.

The treatment of these patients is difficult and demanding, which is a strong indication that the emergency rooms and intensive care units, the burden of patient care experience during a pandemic, WHO said.

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