News : Flu season this year could be mild – but you should still get your flu shot

This is the news for Canadian however it always best to be proactive and prepared with the flu.

This year’s flu season is looking like it might be much milder than last year, experts say, which is good news for Canadians.

This is just a guess of course, as it’s impossible to know for sure what this year’s flu season, which typically runs from October to March, will look like. “Flu season is predictably unpredictable. It’s very hard to know,” said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious diseases specialist at Toronto General Hospital.

But doctors like him can find some clues on what to expect.

A big clue is what flu season looks like in Australia and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere – which experiences their flu season between May and October.

So far, it’s looking good. Australian media have reported that this year’s flu season has been fairly tame, especially when compared to last year, which was a difficult year for flu sufferers globally. In the U.S., around 80,000 people died due to influenza, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

In Australia this year though, “It’s actually been a very mild season,” said Dr. Gerald Evans, chair of the division of infectious diseases and a professor of medicine at Queen’s University.  “

Read more of this article at: https://globalnews.ca/news/4497810/flu-season-canada-2018-prediction/

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