There is a flu outbreak in London.
The Middlesex-London Health Unit has declared a community-wide outbreak of the influenza A virus. It says 11 laboratory-confirmed cases have been recorded since the last Influenza Surveillance Report was issued on November 19.
Two of the cases were related to an outbreak in a long-term care home reported Nov. 26.
According to a MLHU release: To date this season, a total of 15 laboratory-confirmed influenza A cases have been reported in Middlesex- London; no influenza B cases have been reported. Nine of the 15 reported influenza A cases have been sub-typed as human influenza A(H3). Influenza immunization status was known for 12 of the 15 reported cases.”
Of these, 10 have not received influenza immunization for the 2012/2013 season, and two have been immunized. One of the two immunized cases had onset of illness within fourteen days of receiving influenza immunization, which is generally considered an insufficient amount of time for the vaccine to be effective.
“Across the province, the percent positivity for influenza A has increased, while the percent positivity for influenza B remains low.”
The remaining community influenza vaccination clinic is as follows:
Influenza vaccinations will continue to be available at the Health Unit’s Walk-in Immunization Clinics which take place as follows:
50 King Street, London: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm AND First and third Wednesdays of each month – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Kenwick Mall, Strathroy: First Tuesday of each month – 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Influenza vaccinations are also available at some health care providers’ offices and some pharmacies.