Community flu clinic this week

Henrietta Brewer
November 20, 2020

With cold and flu season here and the threat of COVID-19 still looming, the Pennsylvania Department of Health is stressing the importance of everyone getting their immunizations.

There are now no hospitalized flu cases in Canada, but in 2019, by the first week of November there were 60.

The patient was tested for influenza and for COVID-19 as part of a routine process, and followed through with a recommendation to stay home for 10 days. Those with COVID-19 symptoms or those in COVID-19 isolation/quarantine should not come.

There were indications from the Southern Hemisphere that flu season was going to be less impactful in Canada.

Dr. Evans said all the signs here suggest Canada will report similar numbers in the end.

Across the street from the Reynolds Lofts, university staff and students could get free flu shots every day from 9 3 p.m.

New Zealand said its flu infections were down 99.8 per cent, and in Australia, lab-confirmed cases of flu were down 93 per cent.

It is especially important to protect those who are more likely to experience severe complications from flu illness including pregnant women, people who live with diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or other chronic health conditions, and people age 65 and older.

South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases shared that they usually see 1,000 confirmed cases based on 4,000 random tests. This year, that number is down to one.

"This would be the beginning of our usual flu season, and we have an extraordinarily low number of influenza cases, despite testing at a higher rate than what we normally do", Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, told reporters Tuesday.

Canada is also pushing the flu vaccine harder than ever, and Canadians are listening.

Alberta has already vaccinated 1.14 million people, less than a month after the vaccine became available there.

As long as Canadians are getting the flu shot and following COVID-19 protocols, it looks we won't have much of a flu season.

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