The flu season is just about over in London and already data shows it was one of the heaviest on record.
According to the Middlesex-London Health Unit’s final flu report of the season, the region has experienced back-to-back heavy flu seasons with nearly 500 lab-confirmed cases in 2016-17 and 2015-16.
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“It was a relatively heavy season, one of the heaviest on record actually,” Tristan Squire-Smith, manager of infectious disease control, told AM980.
“We still may see a small amount of circulation in our community but by and large for reporting purposes, we have decided to cease the production of our weekly flu report for this season.”
Squire-Smith adds that this year the flu shot was actually a very strong match that offered significant protection and he’s urging people to get the vaccine next season.
“Anytime we have a heavy season where we do have a lot of institutional outbreaks like we did this year, or even just a lot of hospitalizations, we would tend to expect that people in the subsequent season would be more inclined to get the shot.”
During the 2016-17 season, the Middlesex-London Health Unit recorded 476 lab-confirmed cases, 44 of which were influenza B while the rest were influenza A. The Health Unit reports 39 influenza outbreaks at facilities in the region, 258 hospitalizations and 16 deaths.
The numbers compare to 489 lab-confirmed cases in 2015-16, 197 hospitalizations, and 19 deaths.
In 2014-15, there were 381 lab-confirmed cases, 161 hospitalizations, and 14 deaths.