Worst of the flu season almost over
This has been one of the worst flu seasons in recent years, but the worst could just about be over.
Dr Irene Armstrong, Associate Medical Officer of Health with Toronto Public Health says the peak of the flu season usually lasts 6-8 weeks. Because this year's flu hit early, Armstrong figures we are at week 7 of that high point.
But we aren't out of the woods. Dr Armstrong says the flu will be floating around into the spring & we could still see a spike of a flu strain that has been dormant so far.
She says that's why it is still important to get a flu shot & it isn't too late.
Despite Public Health's months of public pleas, fewer people have been rolling up their sleeves for flu shots at free clinics this year.
Dr Armstrong says Public Health usually immunizes 30 000-32 000 people in a season. But with just 2 clinics left, Armstrong says they have only given flu shots to 21 000-22 0000.
Dr Armstrong says the fact that flu shots are now offered free at many pharmacies could have something to do with a drop in Public Health's numbers. Though she doesn't have precise numbers, Armstrong hears uptake on shots at the pharmacy has been good.
Dr Armstrong suspects last year's mild season may have also convinced people they could get away without a flu shot.
Toronto Public Health Flu Shot Clinics
Sat Jan 19, 11am-3pm East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave
Wed Jan 30, 3pm-7:30pm Toronto City HAll, 100 Queen St W