Flu comes early to P.E.I. – CBC

COVID-19 cases also rising

Oct 21, 2022

P.E.I. has already seen its first lab-confirmed case of influenza for the 2022-23 season.

“As anticipated, and we talked about it, the influenza season may be earlier and this is certainly earlier than we would expect,” Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison told CBC News: Compass host Louise Martin Thursday.

Flu, kept down by public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, has not been much of an issue on the Island for the last couple of years. A more severe season is expected this year, and a fall wave of COVID-19 on top of that is still possible.

The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 quadrupled in the last week, and the number of confirmed cases doubled.

“It reminds us of the importance of getting vaccinated for both. We know that our influenza will protect us from severe illness related to influenza,” said Morrison.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-influenza-morrison-1.6624589

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