NOTA from SO: Prince Edward Island is very much insulary.
Last Updated: Friday, April 18, 2008 | 7:59 AM AT
Influenza was late coming to P.E.I. this year, says the province's chief health officer, but the season is turning into a nasty one.
Flu normally hits the Island in mid-January, but Dr. Heather Morrison told CBC News Thursday there has been a large increase in cases in the last couple of weeks. Given the number of swabs that have tested positive for influenza B in the Island's medical laboratories, Morrison said there have been hundreds if not thousands of cases of flu on P.E.I. in the last two weeks.
A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found this month that flu vaccines gave no protection against the prevailing strains of influenza B this year.
The symptoms are fever, cough, muscle aches and pains, headache and sore throat. Morrison said if you are sick, you should stay home. Flu generally lasts a week to 10 days. If the fever doesn't break or if you feel you're getting worse you should see a doctor.
The flu outbreak appears to be easing off, Morrison said.