Flu season: Why are so many Canadian children falling sick? – GLOBAL

December 16, 2022

The flu has returned with a vengeance after being absent for a couple of years during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s hitting children especially hard. Here’s what doctors say is happening, and why.

What flu strains are we seeing this flu season?
Based on predictions from the World Health Organization on what strains would appear, this year’s flu vaccine protects against two Influenza A strains – H3N2 and H1N1 – and two Influenza B strains which are called B/Victoria lineage and B/Yamagata lineage.

Right now, H3N2 is causing the vast majority of flu cases in Canada. It’s possible that the other strains could start circulating more widely and peak later in the flu season, doctors say.

Over the last decade, Influenza B strains have tended to arrive later in the season, said Dr. Allison McGeer, an infectious diseases specialist and microbiologist at Sinai Health Systems in Toronto.

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/9353618/flu-season-children-canada-explainer/

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