H1N1 Flu

The H1N1 Flu in Ontario: A Report by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health

On April 23, 2009, I was selected by a committee of the Ontario legislature to become this province's Chief Medical Officer of Health, a position I took up on June 15. Prior to my appointment, I was serving as the Director General of the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases at the Public Health Agency of Canada, and my attention had begun to focus on a health issue that was to dominate the world's headlines for the next several months.

H1N1 and Ontario First Nations Communities Presentation

The attached document was used in a joint presentation by Dr. Arlene King and Dr. Valerie Gideon at the Ontario Chief's Assembly on July 9, 2009.

Dr. Arlene King

Chief Medical Officer of Health
Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care
Province of Ontario

Dr. Valerie Gideon

Regional Director - Ontario
First Nations & Inuit Health
Health Canada

Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Elementary and Secondary Schools

These guidelines have been developed based on the best evidence available. As more information becomes available, these guidelines will be updated.

Issued August 28, 2009

H1N1 Flu Virus Preparations and Response in Ontario Region (Presentation)

The attached presentation was used at the AIAI Elders Gathering in Batchewana First Nation on August 5, 2009.

The H1N1 flu virus is widespread across Ontario.

TO: ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITES
FROM: HEALTH CANADA, FIRST NATIONS AND INUIT HEALTH
SUBJECT:H1N1 FLU AND LARGE GATHERINGS
DATE: JUNE 24th, 2009

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.

Poster: Know What to do to Fight the H1N1 Flu Virus (Human Swine Flu)

Download the attached poster. (English and French)

Flu symptoms are: cough and fever, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, fatigue and lack of appetite

Protect yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly in warm, soapy water or use hand sanitizer
  • Cough and sneeze in your arm, not your hand
  • Keep common surfaces and items clean and disinfected
  • Stay home if you're sick.

Contact a health care provider if your symptoms worsen

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