'EXCEPTIONALLY LOW' FLU NUMBERS IN CANADA SO FAR THIS SEASON: PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY

Nov 17, 2020

By Jane Brown

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While daily COVID-19 case counts continue to soar, there is good news on this year’s flu season.
A report from the Public Health Agency of Canada says there is an exceptionally low amount of influenza everywhere in in the country.
At this point during last year’s flu season, Canada had already recorded more than 700 positive cases of influenza.
So far this year, there have only been 17 cases reported.

Dr. Gerald Evans of Queen’s University in Kingston says most of the credit goes to the public health measures taken to slow COVID-19, including hand washing, social distancing and mask-wearing.
The infectious disease specialist says Canada is also pushing the flu vaccine harder than ever this year, and Canadians are listening and lining up to get it.
Last week, Toronto Public Health ran out of the high dose flu vaccine for those 65 and older. The advice for older Canadians, if you can’t find the high dose vaccine, get the regular flu shot.

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