‘Our children are suffering’: Federal health minister calls for COVID, flu shots for kids – CBC

Ontario data suggests the number of respiratory-related ER visits is much higher than normal this year

Nov 23, 2022

With respiratory infections hitting the health system hard, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said Wednesday that more children need to get their COVID-19 and influenza shots to keep a lid on surging hospital admissions.

Speaking at a vaccine clinic in Ottawa, Duclos said Canada is in the throes of a so-called “tripledemic” with COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in circulation.

“Our children are suffering from all sorts of viruses. Our pediatric hospitals are overwhelmed. Our health care workers are very tired,” Duclos said.

To help, Duclos said, parents should get their kids the shots they need to avoid serious illness, hospitalization and death.

“Now is the time to get vaccinated,” he said. “The fall is going to be increasingly difficult.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/duclos-covid-flu-vaccine-kids-1.6661869

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