Season’s First Case of the Flu In Cape Breton
Cape Breton has had this season’s first lab-confirmed case of the flu.
With news of the arrival of influenza A, health officials are reminding people to get their flu shot sooner rather than later.
To get a flu shot, people are encouraged to check with their family doctor, drug store or local Public Health Services office.
The most predominant strain of the flu varies from year to year but acting medical officer of health Dr. Frank Atherton says last year the H3N2 strain was most common.
He adds early indications are this year may be a repeat of that.
Officials say handwashing is the first line of defence against the flu.
Other precautions include staying home and avoiding large crowds if you are sick with flu-like symptoms, and covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze.