Event Update: Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) FluWatch reports that influenza activity in Canada continued its slow decline in week 20, with the percentage of laboratory tests positive for influenza at 6.7%. Influenza B was the predominant type, and detections continued to decrease.
Note: This is the final weekly report for the 2012-13 influenza season. Bi-weekly reports will commence on June 7th (for weeks 21 and 22). However, laboratory detections reported through the RVDSS and influenza activity level maps will be updated weekly on the FluWatch website. Health and Safety Watch will resume national influenza weekly reporting for 2013/2014 season in the fall.
In total, there have been ▲26,933 cases of Influenza A and 4,549 cases on Influenza B reported for 2012/2013 flu season.
In week 20, six regions [AB(1), MB(1), ON(3), NB(1)] reported localized activity and 21 regions reported sporadic activity. The number of regions reporting localized activity has been similar for the past three weeks. Three new influenza outbreaks were reported, all in long-term-care facilities.
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.