Communication

Information about Severe Respiratory Illness in Mexico

Severe respiratory illness cases have been reported in some cities in Mexico.  In addition, the United States has reported cases of swine flue in California and Texas. It is not clear whether the cases in Mexico and the United States are related. Currently, there are no cases reported in Canada. However, a few poeple who visited Mexico within the last two weeks are under investigation.

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FNIHB Communicable Disease Cluster Evaluation

TO: HEALTH DIRECTORS, COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSES AND COMMUNITY HEALTH REPRESENTATIVES IN ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
FROM: FIRST NATIONS INUIT HEALTH - ONTARIO REGION
SUBJECT: FNIHB COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CLUSTER EVALUATION
DATE: 2010-01-25

A Communiqué from National Chief Shawn Atleo

The Assembly of First Nations issues regular updates on the National Chief's activities and work underway at the national office. More information can be found on the AFN's website at www.afn.ca.


The Assembly of First Nations is embarking on a strategic and forward looking agenda. I believe this is our time, a time for Indigenous peoples to come together in recognition and respect to lead the change that is required for our people. I am pleased to provide the following update on recent activities.

Health Canada Approves Pandemic H1N1 Flu Vaccine - Province Will Provide Vaccine to All Ontarians

To: Ontario First Nations Communities
From: First Nations Inuit Health - Ontario Region
Subject: Health Canada Approves Pandemic H1N1 Flu Vaccine - Province Will Provide Vaccine to All Ontarians
Date: 22/10/2009

Communities Communique: Ontario's Flu Vaccine Strategy

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
FROM
: FIRST NATIONS INUIT HEALTH, ONTARIO REGION
SUBJECT: ONTARIO'S FLU VACCINE STRATEGY

DATE
: SEPTEMBER 25, 2009

Backgrounder - Ontario's Flu Vaccine Strategy

Ontario will immunize people 65 years of age and older and residents of long-term care homes, with seasonal flu vaccine first. Ontario will offer the rest of the province's population the H1N1 vaccine beginning in November followed by a universal influenza immunization program with the seasonal flu vaccine in the months following. Ontario's decision to take this approach is based on scientific analysis by the province's top immunization experts suggesting that this vaccination sequence strategy will provide the greatest benefit to the population's health.

Toll-Free Information Line for H1N1

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS AND INUIT HEALTH
SUBJECT: H1N1 FLU INFORMATION PHONE LINE
DATE: JUNE 17, 2009

First Nations and Inuit Health - Ontario Region has established a toll-free line that will address general enquiries about H1N1 from community members. The phone number will be answered from 9am to 6pm EST seven days a week. The number is:

First Nations H1N1 Flu Cases + FAQs

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS INUIT HEALTH, ONTARIO REGION
SUBJECT: FIRST NATIONS H1N1 FLU CASES
DATE: JUNE 16, 2009

The H1N1 flu virus is widespread in Ontario and cases have now been reported on reserve. There is a concerted effort with the Public Health Agency of Canada, First Nation partners and the province to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated response to these cases.

WHO Pandemic Declaration Communication

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS INUIT HEALTH, ONTARIO REGION
SUBJECT: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DECLARATION
DATE: JUNE 11, 2009

On June 11, 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared a pandemic. This decision was due to growing evidence that the H1N1 virus is now easily being transmitted to and among humans, resulting in increased and sustained spread of the virus in the general population. The decision to move to Phase 6 was the result of increasing spread of the virus worldwide with sustained community level outbreaks. It should be noted that a pandemic has not been declared in Canada nor in the Province of Ontario.

H1N1 Cases and Severe Respiratory Illness in Manitoba

To: Ontario First Nation Communities

From: Health Canada, First Nations Inuit Health, Ontario Region

Subject: H1N1 Cases and Severe Respiratory Illness in Manitoba

Date: June 9, 2009