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1. Last November, 1.5 million Canadians called in sick as a result of H1N1 or the seasonal flu, according to Statistics Canada. One recent study confirmed Ontario’s H1N1 vaccination program averted nearly one million cases and as many as 50 deaths.
2. This year’s flu vaccine protects against three strains of influenza, including H1N1, H3N2 and Influenza B. As opposed to last year, Canadians will only need one vaccine to prevent both H1N1 and the seasonal flu.
3. Those who are squeamish about needles could soon take comfort in two new methods of vaccinating against the flu. A nasal vaccine, called FluMist, has been approved for use in Canada, though it’s up to provinces to decide whether they want to purchase it. And a micro-needle patch that feels like fine sandpaper when applied to the skin will soon proceed to human trials.
Also check out our guide to winter illnesses!