Event Update: Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) FluWatch reports that influenza activity in Canada continued its slow decline in week 19, with the percentage of laboratory tests positive for influenza at 8.6%. Influenza B was the predominant strain, but detections continued to decrease.
In total, there have been ▲26,902 cases of Influenza A and 4,411 cases on Influenza B reported for 2012/2013 flu season.
In week 19, five regions in Ontario reported localized activity and 28 regions reported sporadic activity. The number of regions reporting widespread or localized activity decreased compared to the previous week. Three new influenza outbreaks were reported: one in a long-term-care facility and two in other facilities or communities.
Recommended Action:See Hazard tab for details on Influenza.
Please contact your local health authorities (Family doctor, Health Unit etc.) to find out about dates, times and locations of flu clinics offered in your area. You may choose to contact your family doctor prior to visit for further consultation.
Meanwhile, practice the standard preventative measures including:
• Cleaning your hands regularly
• Coughing into your elbow, arm/sleeve or tissue
• Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
• Staying home if you are ill
Please note: Health & Safety Watch does not post information on local flu clinics. However, we will continue posting confirmed illnesses throughout 2012/2013 flu season including national updates.