Toronto flu cases spike
If you think you've been seeing more people coughing & sneezing lately, you aren't imagining it.
According to Toronto Public Health, the number of flu cases is up, way up.
So far this season, 449 cases of the flu have been reported to public health. The average for this point in the flu season is 188 cases.
But one of Toronto's Associate Medical Officers of Health says it might not necessarily mean the entire season will be worse than in years past. Dr Michael Finkelstein says this year's flu season is peaking at a time when it's usually just starting to ramp up. He couldn't explain why the city has seen an influx of flu cases earlier than usual.
The week of December 23-29 has been the worst of the season so far with 199 cases called in as people swapped gifts & germs with families & friends.
Dr Finkelstein says while some people may find themselves sick over & over during the winter months, the flu may not be to blame. He says there are many viruses circulating this time of year with similar symptoms.
To guard yourself from flu, Doctor Finkelstein says it's important to wash your hands often, especially after being out, say riding the TTC. He says staying hydrated will also keep your ears & mouth moist enough to protect you from viruses. And it isn't too late to roll up your sleeve & get a flu shot.
If you do get sick, remember to cough & sneeze into crook of your arm.