H1N1 Flu

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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Severe Respiratory Illness in Mexico

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has been alerted to clusters of severe respiratory illnesses in some cities in Mexico. While Mexico has been able to confirm that some of this illness was caused by influenza A and B, they have requested help from Canada to conduct further laboratory testing.

On Wednesday, April 22, Mexican authorities held a news release to share more information about the situation. Since March 18,2009, there are a total of 137 cases of severe respiratory illness (SRI) and 20 deaths.

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KOTM Epidemic/Pandemic Emergency Preparedness Plan

KO Telemedicine (KOTM) provides a variety of essential services to a large number of remote First Nations communities throughout Northwestern Ontario. In the event of an epidemic / pandemic, KOTM's ability to carry out these vital services could be seriously affected. This emergency preparedness plan has been developed to assist the organization in maintaining its essential services despite significant staff absence due to illness.

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.

Guidance on Public Health Measures for the Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Virus in First Nations Communities

Highlights

This document aims to provide guidance to First Nations communities on public health measures that can be used to control the spread of the H1N1 flu. It provides:

  • Steps that can be taken to stop the spread of flu within households and the community
  • Advice on postponing or continuing with large gatherings

Wunnumin Lake First Nation Community Pandemic Plan

(an evergreen document)

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Wunnumin Lake First Nation

P.O.Box 125
Wunnumin Lake, Ontario
P0V 2Z0

Prepared by:

Sharon Mckay

Working Group members:

Sharon Mckay, Band Councillor,
Tommy Sainnawap, Health Director
Andrea Drodge, Community Health Nurse
Sarah Jane Cromarty, Community Health Representative (CHR)
Chris Cromarty, Elder

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.

Addendum to Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Schools: Settings where Students Board

Source: MOHLTC Guidance for the Prevention and Management of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza Virus in Colleges & Universities, September 2009

Ill Students in Residences

Depending on the size of the residence and logistical feasibility, the institution should try to separate students with ILI in specific rooms or areas (e.g., rooms at one end of the hall, designated wing or floor).

Consider the following when caring for ill students with ILI in residence: