Flu season takes its toll

The Yukon is still being hit hard by this year’s flu season.

The Yukon is still being hit hard by this year’s flu season.

As of Thursday, there had been 134 confirmed cases of the flu in the territory this season. The actual number of cases this year is likely much higher, as many people simply stay home when they become sick.

There have also been 16 flu-related hospitalizations this season, up from an average of seven hospitalizations in an entire year.

Today was the last flu clinic scheduled at the Whitehorse Health Centre, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. But drop-in hours will continue Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and on Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for as long as the vaccine is available.

According to the health department, this year’s flu vaccine is a good match for the strain that’s making most people sick.

Health officials say the vaccine will reduce the risk of hospitalization due to the flu, and people who are vaccinated help protect others who are more vulnerable, including infants, the elderly, pregnant women and people with chronic conditions.

They recommend that people who catch the flu stay home unless they become very sick or are worried about their illness. Members of vulnerable groups should seek medical attention immediately.

The vaccine is the best way to prevent the spread of the flu virus, but hand-washing and coughing into tissues can also help.

The flu shot is safe and free for all Yukoners.

Just Posted

Judo team competition returns to Carmacks

“The parents really love the format because they get to see their kids fight for more than one fight”

Food for Fines in need of more canned goods

Cash and canned donations accepted for parking fines until Dec. 12

Ending misogyny is far from over 29 years after Polytechnique massacre: lawyer

There have been 132 women and girls killed in Canada this year, said Pamela Cross

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

Toonie Tournament returns to help the Whitehorse Food Bank

“I’ve got kids running up to see which team is bringing in the most money.”

Editorial: It’s time for tempers to chill over the ‘cool bus’

It is reasonable to expect there to be some rules around this service

Canada Cup Series starts again at Mount Sima

More than 60 athletes from across the country took part in the slopestyle and big air competitions

Record turnout for the Arctic Sports Inter-school Competition

More than 350 athletes took part over the course of three days

Rob Dickson’s new record focuses on growth

“I felt the need to talk about things like privilege and about our experiences growing up and how stuff changes as we grow”

Commentary: What to look for in the next Yukon NDP leader

Hanson indeed an ideal role model for any who may follow

Spectrum Bears win Broomball Yukon’s Bob Park Opening Tournament

Three overtime periods required in 2-1 final game

Most Read