Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Health & Fitness
  3. Healthcare

H1N1 now widespread throughout half of US and making its way into Canada

See also

Many people are beginning the new year with a horrible case of the flu. And it's only going to get worse, according to a national health agency.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday that H1N1 flu activity in the United States continues to increase, with 25 states now reporting widespread levels of activity. That's up from just 10 states, including Alabama, the previous week.

The data, though released Friday, was from information collected the final week of 2014. The CDC, however, expects the number of cases to continue to increase across the country in the weeks ahead. Anyone aged 6 months and older who has not gotten a flu vaccine yet this season is encouraged to get one. Experts say it is your best defense against this year's aggressive virus.

The H1N1 flu has also entered neighboring Canada with a vengeance.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the chief medical officer for a B.C. Lower Mainland health authority stated that more than a dozen patients are in intensive care, some on ventilators, because of the H1N1 flu virus.

Dr. Paul Van Buynder, with Fraser Health, told CBC Friday that 15 patients, many of them otherwise healthy, young people, were recently admitted to hospitals in the region.

News sources in Canada also report that six deaths have been confirmed in Ontario; five in Aberta; and two in Toronto.

Not sure if you have the flu? Click here for a complete list of symptoms.

You can check out the CDC's weekly FluView report, which includes information on pediatric deaths and general hospitalizations of the flu in the US.



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!