H1N1 has returned as the prevalent influenza this year, but if you have received your flu shot, Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer says there’s nothing to worry about.
Commonly referred to as the swine flu, the strain became a pandemic in 2009.
However, Dr. Saqib Shahab says the strain is included in the flu vaccine this year.
He adds H1N1 has been part of every flu season since 2009, and was the predominant strain in the 2012/13 flu season.
Shahab says the three flu strains rotate in prevalence each year, so the next time the H1N1 virus is the main strain would be in three years.
As for this flu season, Shahab says people experiencing the flu will get the common symptoms of a cough, cold, fever or aches and pains, and in most cases it will wear off through rest.
However, if the flu worsens and you experience drowziness, a shortness of breath, or not wanting to eat or drink, you should contact your health care provider, especially if you have a chronic health condition.
Of course, Shahab says the best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot.
He says many pharmacies are still providing the vaccine.
58 cases of the flu have been confirmed in Saskatchewan, mostly in the south part of the province.
One person has been admitted to the intensive care unit, but nobody has died this year.