Influenza is currently widely circulated in the community. The predominant strain of influenza this year is H1N1. The circulating strain is well matched to this year's influenza vaccine and influenza vaccination continues to be the most effective method to prevent influenza infection.
There have been 5 mild, adult cases of Influenza A detected in inpatients at North York General Hospital. All cases showed mild symptoms of nasal congestion, cough, fever and malaise; patients are recovering.
Working with Toronto Public Health, precautions and control measures were put in place. These patients and the unit are currently in isolation to prevent the spread of influenza. There have been no further spread of Influenza A on the unit since January 7.
If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit the hospital until you have been without symptoms for at least 24 hours.
For more information about influenza: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/publichealth/flu/about_flu.aspx