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Media Q&A with health officials surrounding child's death

Saturday, January 18, 2014   by: Kate Adams

Friday evening officials with the North Bay Regional Health Centre and North Bay Parry Sound Health Unit confirmed that a  young child died from complications associated with what looks like the flu.

Dr. Jim Chirico, Medical Officer of Health and Dr. Donald Fung, Chief of Staff North Bay Regional Health Centre confirm the child, who for privacy reasons cannot be identified by sex or age other than the fact they were under the age of five, presented at the hospital a couple of days ago with flu-like respiratory illness and that a preliminary screening was positive for Influenza A.

This case is under investigation pending autopsy results.

In light of the tragic event health officials have moved to hold community clinic for flu shots through the Health Unit this weekend Sunday, January 19 from 11am–3pm
 Health Unit, 681 Commercial Street, North Bay.

Flu shots are also available at doctors’ offices and for individuals over the age of five can get the shot at participating pharmacies.

If you have questions about influenza, contact the Health Unit at 474-1400 extension 2229 and speak with a nurse:

-  Saturday January 18 and Sunday January 19 from 11 am - 3 pm
-  Monday to Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
 

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Oldtimer 1/18/2014 7:08:52 PM Report

Survey says that if you get a flu shot now its to late.
The effect of the flu shot takes some time to be of benefit.
Reactionary advice does not help if there is a problem starting now that could be headed off with better information sharing.
Care facilities have been warning against visiting for close to a month now and that includes the hospital.
Just sharing concerns shared with me for the last few years.
laceyjdog 1/19/2014 12:02:29 AM Report

I get my shot every year around mid October. When we kids our parents got us vaccinated for everything a kid could could be vaccinated for.
Justice for All 1/19/2014 2:11:11 PM Report

It takes two weeks for the flu shot to build total immunity in your body. It is therefore NOT too late to get the flu shot. It is for this reason that clinics are being offered and drug stores and doctors offices are still provding the shots. Flu season lasts until April.
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