Is it too late to get a COVID booster or flu shot before the holidays? What experts say – GLOBAL

December 21, 2022

With the holidays fast approaching, Canadians may be looking forward to spending time with their family and friends. But this year, those gatherings are happening on the backdrop of higher-than-normal flu cases and warnings that a rise of COVID-19 cases could be looming.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, told reporters during a Dec. 14 news conference that while the nation has passed the peak of the last COVID-19 wave, the new year may bring with it an uptick in COVID-19 activity.

The latest COVID-19 epidemiology update stated that Canada had 16,528 COVID-19 cases for the week of Dec. 4 to Dec. 10, with a decrease in hospital use by COVID-19 patients, but an increase in COVID-19-related deaths.

Meanwhile, the latest FluWatch report shows that a total of 9,393 laboratory detections were reported from Dec. 4 to Dec. 10. Patients aged 0 to 19 currently account for 38 per cent of lab detections, which is the highest proportion among all age groups.

Read more: https://globalnews.ca/news/9362613/covid-booster-flu-shot-holidays/

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