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

WCC did not have authority to create secure living unit, judge finds

Justice Ron Veale’s decision on petition from former WCC inmate Darryl Sheepway was released Sept. 19

Bagnell concedes Trudeau’s past decisions to wear brown and blackface were racist

‘When we do things, we might not think at first blush that it’s going to offend someone’

UPDATED: B.C. man guilty of first-degree murder in 2017 Ibex Valley homicide

Edward James Penner, 22, was given the mandatory life sentence for the 2017 slaying of 25-year-old Adam Cormack

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

Updated: The Ibex Valley murder trial: what the jury didn’t hear

Some legal arguments were made without the jury present. Those details couldn’t be published until now

Commentary: How Yukon’s federal election candidates would tackle the opioid crisis

Esther Armstrong The overdose crisis continues to have a devastating impact on… Continue reading

Yukonomist: Election 2019: Almost as fun as a hockey pool

The federal election has officially kicked off, and just in time. The… Continue reading

Yukon skateboarders compete at Skate Comp 2019

The event featured nearly two dozen skaters from across the territory and beyond

VeloNorth hosts annual YXY Cross cyclocross race

The race included 92 riders — nearly triple last year’s turnout

Court news, briefly

Some recent news coming out of Yukon courts

City council news, briefly

Some of the decisions made by Whitehorse city council Sept. 9

Runners test their mettle at 37th annual Klondike Road Relay

This year’s relay included 197 teams and 1,877 runners

Yukonomist: How the Yukon saved the economy

During the Klondike gold rush, the prospect of free gold drew more… Continue reading

Most Read