Protecting Our Children Against Respiratory Illnesses – FNHA

Dec 13, 2022

A message from Dr. Unjali Malhotra, FNHA Office of the Chief Medical Officer​

T’is the season to be merry, yes, but (unfortunately) t’is also the season to be on guard against respiratory illnesses, including the common cold, influenza (flu), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and now, of course, COVID-19. This year, it’s especially important to do what we can to safeguard our children, as Canada is in the midst of an Influenza A epidemic – a strain that can cause severe illness in children – and more babies and children than usual are being brought to the hospital with it or an RSV infection.

The main reason for the increased infection rate is that for the past two years seasonal respiratory illnesses were less frequent due to COVID-19 measures (including handwashing, physical distancing, masking, isolating), which also work against them. As a result, many children were not exposed to them as they normally would have been, and did not develop immunity.

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