‘Intense’ flu season hits Canadian kids hard, landing more in hospital – CBC

Hospitals struggle to keep up with surge in cases

Dec 05, 2022

Flu infections are raging among children and hospitalizing them across Canada, say pediatricians who are calling for urgent and longer-term solutions.

On the weekend, hospitals across the country were forced to scale back regular service to deal with a surge in influenza illnesses:

CHEO in Ottawa said the Red Cross will be deployed to help out with its surge of cases.
A respite care facility in Calgary closed to redeploy staff to a children’s hospital.
BC Children’s Hospital declared an emergency for 30 minutes on Saturday to quickly boost capacity and resources.
Newfoundland and Labrador’s children’s hospital cancelled some scheduled surgeries and appointments.
Doctors say the moves reflect a surge in influenza on top of long-standing pressures on both pediatric hospitals and care providers in the community. Cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) have, in the meantime, stabilized after spiking earlier this season.

For the week ending Nov. 26, the Public Health Agency of Canada’s FluWatch reported 223 influenza-associated hospitalizations among children 16 and under.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/kids-hospitals-flu-1.6674982

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