H1N1 (2009) Virus Downgraded to Post-pandemic Status

Winter 2010 CSANews Issue 77  |  Posted date : Dec 06, 2010.Back to list

As of August 10, 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that the H1N1 (2009) virus - or "swine flu" - has moved to the post-pandemic period, meaning that it has mostly run its course.

This doesn't, however, mean that the virus has gone away. There may be additional cases and WHO still recommends vaccination against the H1N1 (2009) virus. 
The 2010 trivalent seasonal vaccine includes influenza type A (H1N1),along with influenza type A (H3N2) and influenza type B; if you didn't get the H1N1 shot last year, the new flu shot should have you covered.

Between the first week of May2009 and the first week of November 2010, there were a total of 33,530 H1N1 (2009) confirmed cases in Canada and 67,023 cases in the United States. 

Worldwide, out of more than half a million cases, H1N1 (2009) is believed to have caused just over 18,000 deaths.