Via CBC News, a nosocomial scandal: H1N1 flu outbreak reported at Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital.
Health officials have confirmed an outbreak of H1N1 flu at Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital.
About a dozen staff and a handful of patients have come down with the flu, officials say.
Only about 20 per cent of staff at the hospital are immunized, a rate that medical officer of health Dr. Chris Sikora called abysmal.
Sikora urged people to get their flu shots to protect themselves and others who may be more vulnerable.
However mass immunization clinics close at 4:30 p.m. today until Jan. 6th, though doctor offices and pharmacies will continue to offer the vaccine.
Earlier this week, health officials in B.C. advised young people to get a flu vaccine after determining that the H1N1 influenza strain had returned to become the predominant strain in that province this flu season.
The strain, initially called swine flu, circulated during a global pandemic in 2009.