Health Expert Believes Worst of Flu Season May Be Over

Public Health Ontario believes most communities have hit their peak.

If you’ve noticed that your workplace is a lot quieter lately you’re not alone.  Even here at Newstalk 1010 workers are succumbing to flu-like symptoms on a daily basis.  One Ontario health expert says although there has been an increase in cases of H1N1, overall our flu numbers are a lot lower than last year at this time.

“At the peak last year which was right at the Christmas-New Year’s period we were over 1,400 cases.”said Dr. Doug Sider.

Dr. Sider, who is the Medical Director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control for Public Health Ontario, says it appears most communities in Ontario are hitting or have already hit their peak this season and are on a down slope. 

So far there have been just over 1,000 confirmed cases of the flu; the majority of those are H1N1.

In Toronto public health officials have reported 323 lab-confirmed cases of the flu to date, 51 %(164) of them are H1N1 cases.

Dr. Sider says although it may be too late to protect yourself from the H1N1 virus, cases of other strains could resurge. 

“We don’t know what might happen in terms of further H3N2 influenza A activity or influenza B activity.  And as you know the vaccine contains three strains that we have clear evidence are circulating in Ontario this season.  So you may have missed the boat in terms of protection against the H1N1 pandemic strain but there still could be useful benefits against the H3N2 and the influenza B strains.”

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