The flu is back: What can Albertans expect this fall?- CBC

Influenza likely to return to normal levels — or slightly worse — experts warn

Sep 19, 2022

At a time when hospitals are plagued by severe staffing shortages, Alberta could be hit this fall by a double whammy of influenza and COVID-19 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

The province’s free flu immunization campaign is set to begin next month. High-risk groups, such as people living in care homes, are expected to start getting their flu shots the week of Oct. 3.

The vaccine should be available to everyone else — six months and up — starting mid-October.

“We do know that flu is back,” said Craig Jenne, associate professor in the department of microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases at the University of Calgary.

“As these other general public health measures such as indoor masking or capacity limits are eased, the flu can transmit just as well as it did prior to the pandemic.”

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