Influenza activity in Canada (weekly summary)

Five regions in British Columbia, Ontario and Newfoundland reported widespread activity and 32 regions, including Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Nunavit reported localized activity. A total of 40 deaths have been reported, 34 of whom (85.0%) were in adults over 65 years of age.

Influenza viruses are transmitted from person to person by inhaling small airborne respiratory droplets created when infectious persons cough, sneeze or laugh. These viruses are also spread by hand-to-hand and hand-to-mouth contact. Maintaining a small distance (1 meter) from a person with a respiratory illness and frequent hand washing will help reduce the risk of exposure. This year, the currently available vaccine provides a good degree of protection (up to 65%) against the currently circulating influenza viruses.

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