Province-wide study helps Ontario manage the H1N1 'swine' flu virus
TORONTO, Aug. 14 - Public Health Ontario (PHO) is launching a landmark province-wide study of the H1N1 'swine' flu virus - an infection that has made thousands of people around the world sick this year.
The study will determine risk factors for infection by the pandemic H1N1 flu virus, and will help to estimate how many people are likely to get sick from the virus in the future. This information has important implications for infection control, vaccination policies and future epidemiological research relating to the flu virus.
PHO is seeking volunteers who live in Ontario and who are 18 years of age or older to participate. Participants in the study will be asked to complete an online questionnaire and provide blood samples at a local laboratory. Some participants will also be asked to provide saliva samples for testing.
All volunteers will be given their test results. Having antibodies to the H1N1 'swine' flu virus may mean that a person has some protection against the virus and is less likely to become infected again.