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500 College Dr.
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5K4
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Chief Medical Officer of Health
Government of Yukon
Chief of Emergency
University of Alberta
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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"The death of an individual announced Thursday showed that Yukon is just as susceptible as the rest of the country to this rapidly escalating public health threat," Hanley said.
"For every lab confirmed case, we ...
"For every lab confirmed case, we know there are many more cases that will go without being officially diagnosed," Hanley said.Yukon's flu immunization clinics for the public began on October 26. Everyone over the age of six months can get free flu vaccines at their community health centre, the Whitehorse Health Centre, the Kwanlin Dün Health Centre or at special clinics held throughout the territory. "Anyone who hasn't yet received their immunization against this year's flu virus is encouraged to do so, especially those with chronic conditions and those over the age of 65 years or under the age of five," Hanley said.
"I can't emphasize enough the importance of immunization," Hanley said.
"Influenza arrived in Yukon several months earlier than usual, and with more than 25 lab confirmed cases to date, we have already reached last year's total.
Furthermore we have several more months of flu season to go."
Hanley noted those 25 cases probably represent about 10 per cent of the people who are actually ill with flu this year because many folks don't see a doctor.
"We have however seen a surge in clinic visits lately as influenza illness and other respiratory viruses made their mark through the December holidays.
Unfortunately, an early start does not predict an early finish: we still expect that influenza will be around for at least the rest of the winter and likely well into spring.
"There are also other influenza-like-illnesses and respiratory illnesses making the rounds of the territory, as well as gastrointestinal viruses causing vomiting and diarrhea," Hanley added.
"People may think that our remoteness might protect us here in Yukon but that's not the case.
We are seeing similar patterns of illness that are occurring in our neighbours and across the country."
Hanley says the most important message to get out is that people should be immunized against the flu.
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