Flu: It's time to get vaccinated for Christmas, experts say

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Flu: it’s time to get vaccinated for Christmas, experts say

Influenza cases and hospitalizations, especially among children, are high this year.

Canadians who want to gather with loved ones over the holidays should get their flu shot this week if they haven't already, according to public health experts.

The number of flu cases is much higher this year than at the same time in recent years, notes Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam .

She adds that flu-related hospitalizations are also up this year, especially among children under five, not to mention child deaths.< /p>

“As we are fast approaching the holidays, now is the time to get your shot, if you haven't already.” .

— Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

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Many children's hospitals across the country are facing overflows due to a wave of respiratory infections related to influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and COVID-19.

Dr. Dawn Bowdish, immunologist and professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, recommends that parents have their children vaccinated as soon as possible for the good of the little ones, but also to prevent #x27;they spread the flu to vulnerable seniors during holiday celebrations.

“Holidays are a transmission belt [of viruses].

— Dr. Dawn Bowdish, Immunologist

For adults, flu vaccination reduces the risk of absenteeism from work, adds Dr. Bowdish.< /p>

Dr. Roger Wong, professor of geriatrics at the University of British Columbia, says the influenza vaccine is an effective and safe way to save lives. lives.

In Ontario, Public Health Chief Dr. Kieran Moore said Thursday there were 900,000 doses of flu vaccine available. It urges Ontarians to get the flu shot and wear a mask in public places, including public transit.

Ontarians can get their flu shot for free at pharmacies or in vaccination centers, in particular.

With information from CBC, and La Presse canadienne

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