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At this point during last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza.At this point during last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza.

As in other countries, flu season down 98 per cent so far in Canada this year | CP24.com

OTTAWA — At this point during last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza.So far this year, there have been just 17."Influenza is way behind the eight ball here," said Dr. Gerald Evans, chair of infectious disease in the department of medicine at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.Many health experts feared that a fall wave of COVID-19 would not only be worse than the first wave in the spring, but it would come just as seasonal flu infections started to spread, making it impossible for hospitals to keep up.COVID-19 is proving to be worse this fall, with more than 1,400 people in hospital, about one-fifth of them in critical care. The flu, however, is not.In the first week of November, not one province or territory reported a single patient hospitalized with the flu, compared with 60 during the same week a year ago.In 2019, provinces reported 147 lab-confirmed cases of flu the first week of November. This year, they reported four.This despite testing more than twice as many people for flu than usual — almost 10,000 tests done in the first week of November, compared to a six-year average of about 4,500."The percentage of laboratory tests positive for influenza has remained at exceptionally low levels," says the Public Health Agency of Canada's weekly flu watch report.Signs from the Southern Hemisphere, which gets hit with flu season first, were reason to hope the "twindemic" wasn't going to happen here. New Zealand said its flu infections were down 99.8 per cent and in Australia lab-confirmed cases of flu were down 93 per cent. In 2019, more than 800 Australians died of the flu. In 2020, that number to date is 36.South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases reported only one case of the flu out of about 4,000 random surveillance tests performed. Most years the program detects about 1,000 cases.While Canada's flu season is still in the early days — it typically starts in late August and dies out in April — Evans said all the signs here suggest Canada will report similar numbers in the end.He said most of the credit goes to the public health measures taken to slow COVID-19, the hand washing, social distancing and mask-wearing, as well as the dramatic drop in international travel.Evans said even if travellers from abroad are getting in, they're less likely to bring the flu with them because influenza is so low elsewhere as well.Canada is also pushing the flu vaccine harder than ever, and Canadians are listening. Although Canadian provinces ordered almost 25 per cent more flu shots than last year, many can't keep up with demand.Alberta has already vaccinated 1.14 million people, less than a month after the vaccine became available there. In 2019, the province vaccinated 1.4 million total.Evans said a more-vaccinated population fighting back a virus that is less prevalent, is going to make this flu season a non-event."It's the perfect storm not to have a very good influenza season," he said.Not only will that help hospitals cope with COVID-19, it means fewer Canadians are going to die.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 17, 2020.Mia Rabson, The Canadian PressOTTAWA — At this point during last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza.So far this year, there have been just 17."Influenza is way behind the eight ball here," said Dr. Gerald Evans, chair of infectious disease in the department of medicine at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.Many health experts feared that a fall wave of COVID-19 would not only be worse than the first wave in the spring, but it would come just as seasonal flu infections started to spread, making it impossible for hospitals to keep up.COVID-19 is proving to be worse this fall, with more than 1,400 people in hospital, about one-fifth of them in critical care. The flu, however, is not.In the first week of November, not one province or territory reported a single patient hospitalized with the flu, compared with 60 during the same week a year ago.In 2019, provinces reported 147 lab-confirmed cases of flu the first week of November. This year, they reported four.This despite testing more than twice as many people for flu than usual — almost 10,000 tests done in the first week of November, compared to a six-year average of about 4,500."The percentage of laboratory tests positive for influenza has remained at exceptionally low levels," says the Public Health Agency of Canada's weekly flu watch report.Signs from the Southern Hemisphere, which gets hit with flu season first, were reason to hope the "twindemic" wasn't going to happen here. New Zealand said its flu infections were down 99.8 per cent and in Australia lab-confirmed cases of flu were down 93 per cent. In 2019, more than 800 Australians died of the flu. In 2020, that number to date is 36.South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases reported only one case of the flu out of about 4,000 random surveillance tests performed. Most years the program detects about 1,000 cases.While Canada's flu season is still in the early days — it typically starts in late August and dies out in April — Evans said all the signs here suggest Canada will report similar numbers in the end.He said most of the credit goes to the public health measures taken to slow COVID-19, the hand washing, social distancing and mask-wearing, as well as the dramatic drop in international travel.Evans said even if travellers from abroad are getting in, they're less likely to bring the flu with them because influenza is so low elsewhere as well.Canada is also pushing the flu vaccine harder than ever, and Canadians are listening. Although Canadian provinces ordered almost 25 per cent more flu shots than last year, many can't keep up with demand.Alberta has already vaccinated 1.14 million people, less than a month after the vaccine became available there. In 2019, the province vaccinated 1.4 million total.Evans said a more-vaccinated population fighting back a virus that is less prevalent, is going to make this flu season a non-event."It's the perfect storm not to have a very good influenza season," he said.Not only will that help hospitals cope with COVID-19, it means fewer Canadians are going to die.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 17, 2020.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press

Flu season in Canada 'exceptionally low' so far, public health says

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A Rockland family is one of six suing Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and the Department of Public Health over the required school flu shot.A Rockland family is one of six suing Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and the Department of Public Health over the required school flu shot.

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Leadership with First District Health Unit compared flu and pneumonia death rates in the state compared to those of COVID-19 at Monday’s City Council meeting.Leadership with First District Health Unit compared flu and pneumonia death rates in the state compared to those of COVID-19 at Monday’s City Council meeting.

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COVID-19 is proving to be worse this fall, with more than 1,400 people in hospital, about one-fifth of them in critical care. The flu, however, is not

'Exceptionally low': Only 17 cases of influenza recorded so far, public health says | National Post

'Exceptionally low': Only 17 cases of influenza recorded so far, public health says | National Post

The influenza virus is actually active year round but outbreaks tend to pop up the most between December and March, even as late as May and June.

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The Sullivan County Regional Health Department will be offering two drive-thru locations for the “Fight Flu TN” 2020 vaccination event Thursday. The vaccine is free of charge to the public.The Sullivan County Regional Health Department will be offering two drive-thru locations for the “Fight Flu TN” 2020 vaccination event Thursday. The vaccine is free of charge to the public.

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Doctors stress the shot is more important than ever in the middle of a pandemic.Doctors stress the shot is more important than ever in the middle of a pandemic.

Health care providers plan free drive-thru flu shot clinic in Springfield

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Sullivan County Regional Health Department is taking steps to make sure the region is protected from the flu this season. According to a release from the health department, there will be two drive-thru locations in Sullivan County participating in the “Fight Flu TN” 2020 vaccination event on November 19. […]SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Sullivan County Regional Health Department is taking steps to make sure the region is protected from the flu this season. According to a release from the h…

Sullivan County Regional Health Dept. offering free flu vaccines Nov. 19 at 2 locations | WJHL | Tri-Cities News & Weather

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At this point during last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza. So far this year, there have been just 17.At this point during last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza. So far this year, there have been just 17.

Flu season in Canada 'exceptionally low' so far, public health says | CTV News

Many health experts feared that a fall wave of COVID-19 would not only be worse than the first wave in the spring, but it would come just as seasonal flu infections started to spread.Many health experts feared that a fall wave of COVID-19 would not only be worse than the first wave in the spring, but it would come just as seasonal flu infections started to spread.

‘Exceptionally low’: Canada’s flu season drops amid coronavirus restrictions - National | Globalnews.ca

 

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They say they have been able to identify the specific batch of about 85,000 doses of influenza vaccine and say providers will not administer further shots.They say they have been able to identify the specific batch of about 85,000 doses of influenza vaccine and say providers will not administer further shots.

N.B. Public Health reports ‘adverse events’ following three flu shots - New Brunswick | Globalnews.ca

Canada's flu season dramatically reduces due to COVID-19 restrictions.

From Boston to Springfield, advocates and health organizations are launching listening sessions and surveying their communities to identify trusted local leaders who can help communicate reliable information about the coronavirus and counter rumors and fears.From Boston to Springfield, advocates and health organizations are launching listening sessions and surveying their communities to identify trusted local leaders who can help communicate reliable information about the coronavirus and counter rumors and fears.

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At this point during last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza.At this point during last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza.

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At this point in last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza. So far this year, there have been just 17.At this point in last year's flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza. So far this year, there have been just 17.

At this point during last year’s flu season, Canada had already recorded 711 positive cases of influenza. So far this year, there have been just 17. “Influenza is way behind the eight ball here,” said Dr. Gerald Evans, chair of infectious disease in the department of medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. Many health […]

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