Fewer people get flu shot in N.L. than rest of Atlantic Canada

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People in Newfoundland and Labrador are the least likely in Atlantic Canada to get a flu shot, according to a Corporate Research Associates (CRA) poll.

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia residents are more likely to have had a flu shot compared with others in Atlantic Canada, according to the most recent survey.

 More than four in 10 (43 per cent) of Atlantic Canadians received the flu shot this season. Across the provinces, one-half of Nova Scotians (52 per cent) reported getting the flu shot in the last six months followed by Prince Edward Island (42 per cent), New Brunswick (39 per cent), and Newfoundland and Labrador (33 per cent).  

Across demographics, women are more likely than men to get the flu shot, as are those aged 55 years or older, CRA said.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, influenza activity in Canada is decreasing, following a similar pattern to the 2012-13 season.

The PHAC says the influenza A(H1N1) virus remains the most common influenza virus circulating this season, affecting a greater proportion of adults, 20 to 64 years of age, compared to last season.

Up to the latest week for which data is available— Feb. 23 to March 1 — 3,238 hospitalizations and 182 deaths have been reported in Canada.

During this week, eight Influenza A and eight Influenza A cases were identified in Newfoundland and Labrador. To date, for the flu season, from Aug. 25, 2013 to March 1, 2014, there were 332 Influenza A cases identified in the province and 131 Influenza B cases.

A Canadian vaccine effectiveness study has estimated that immunization with the 2013-14 seasonal influenza vaccine has been 58.5 per cent effective in reducing influenza-related hospitalizations.


Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • carolyn R Parsons
    March 12, 2014 - 20:56

    So 463 cases of flu identified in this province out of 500,000 people. And we have the lowest # of people vaccinated in Atlantic Canada. I'm not thinking influenza is all that big of a problem in the grand scheme this year.

  • willyschilly
    March 12, 2014 - 15:50

    I was born in NL. now living in Tillsonburg On. and I got the flu shot ONCE and lost 30lbs. from being sick all winter. I will never get another shot...

    • Tonya
      March 12, 2014 - 18:28

      Will, I've heard too many stories similar to yours. That's one reason I will never get a flu shot.

  • Irene
    March 12, 2014 - 12:29

    I think it should read fewer people