FLU STARTING TO HIT OLDER ADULTS AS HOSPITALIZATION RATES FOR SENIORS CLIMB IN CANADA

Dec 07, 2022

By Jane Brown

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Doctors say it’s just one more reason to get your flu shot if you haven’t already done so.

We’re learning influenza spread is starting to hit older adults as surveillance levels indicate that the hospitalization rate of seniors is not that far behind that of children.

Data from the Public Health Agency of Canada at the end of November shows kids under five still made up the highest number of hospitalized flu patients, but the rate at which people 65 and older are hospitalized is also rising.

Adding to this, infectious disease experts say we have subpar influenza vaccine uptake and a healthcare system that is completely stretched.

The guidance for this flu season from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization is for the influenza vaccine to be administered at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccine for people five and older.

Listen for more on this year’s flu vaccine and why more people aren’t getting it when epidemiologist Dr. Prahbat Jha joins Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer Wednesday at about 12:30.

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