McMaster doctors warn upcoming flu season to be more ‘intense and pronounced’ than previous years – CBC

Do not to give children a fever suppressant in order to send them back to school, says Hamilton immunologist

Oct 20, 2022

Doctors from McMaster University expect a resurgence of flu in Canada this season, and are stressing the importance of preventive measures.

With pharmacies experiencing flu and cold medicine shortages in recent months, several Hamilton-based immunologists urge Canadians to consider staying at home, masking, and flu vaccines to protect against sickness over the next few months.

“I certainly think that we should expect that we will see a more intense flu season than we’ve seen over the past couple of years, largely due to the easing of public health measures,” said Dr. Matthew Miller of the McMaster Immunology Research Centre.

Miller, an immunologist, and Dr. Dawn Bowdish, also from the research centre, use flu data, provided by pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharmacare, from Australia, New Zealand and African countries to gauge what sort of flu season Canada will see in winter.

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