Saskatchewan reports its 12th flu death but number of flu cases decreasing

The number of people who have died from the H1N1 virus in Saskatchewan is up to 12 even as health officials believe the second wave of the flu is on the wane.

REGINA — The number of people who have died from the H1N1 virus in Saskatchewan is up to 12 even as health officials believe the second wave of the flu is on the wane.

Dr. Saqib Shahab, deputy chief medical health officer, says a middle-aged man with underlying health conditions was the latest person to die from swine flu.

Shahab says it appears the second wave of the flu has peaked, but that shouldn’t stop people from getting vaccinated.

He says about half of Saskatchewan residents have received the vaccine, although the rate is lower in adults between the ages of 18 and 64.

There has also been a decrease in the number of people with flu symptoms who are visiting emergency rooms.

But health officials say there’s still pressure on critical care units, and more ventilators have had to be shipped to hospitals in Saskatoon.

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