Province expands vaccine availability
Provincial Health Minister Susan Sullivan has confirmed a second death linked to influenza on Monday.
Health Minister Susan Sullivan and Dr. David Allison, Eastern Health's medical officer of health, provide reporters with an update on this season's influenza numbers. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
This news comes as the province begins to widen the availability of vaccines to prevent influenza and H1N1.
The death involved a person in their 40s who lived in western Newfoundland. Sullivan said the death occurred over the weekend and involved significant underlying conditions.
At this time last year, there were nine deaths in Newfoundland and Labrador linked to influenza and H1N1 for the 2012-13 flu season.
Since the initial supply of 130,000 vaccine doses was distributed, pregnant women and children under the age of five years have been the only recipients of the vaccine.
However, the province announced that as of Tuesday, new influenza clinics will open for health people within the age range of 2-59 years.
A vaccine new to the province called FluMist is being used. It can be taken nasally rather than through injection.
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This story has been edited to correct information concerning the identity of the person who died over the weekend.