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A second area resident has died as a result of the influenza virus H1N1.
The number of confirmed flu cases has jumped from 35 to 61 in only a week, and The Thunder Bay District Health Unit held its second extra flu clinic on Monday in the wake of the death of an adult hospital inpatient from complications of the H1N1 flu.
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, says while most flu outbreaks impact those over 65 years of age, nearly half of Thunder Bay's confirmed cases are of people under the age of five.
Another 40 per cent of confirmed cases are of adults between 18 and 65 years old.
The data illustrates just a fraction of the spreading flu, which he expects to peak in the second week of January.
As of three weeks ago, public uptake of the vaccine was already 30 per cent higher than last year.
Those seeking the vaccine can get it at local pharmacies, through their family doctors, or by calling ahead at the health unit's regular Wednesday vaccination clinics.
(Thunder Bay Television)
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