Young children facing greater risk of catching the flu this season, experts warn – CTV

Oct. 13, 2022

TORONTO – Relatively low circulation of the flu over the past two years puts young children at greater risk than usual of catching it this fall and winter, say experts who also fear fewer pandemic measures and reduced vaccination uptake will further spread.
To a lesser extent, adult resistance to influenza is also lower than it otherwise might be because fewer people received the immune boost of a recent winter infection, says infectious diseases specialist Dr. Susy Hota, stressing the added importance of flu shots this season.

“Our immune responses get boosted to some degree when we see these viruses more frequently,” explains Hota, the medical director of infection prevention and control at the University Health Network.

“We haven’t really had that over the last two years. So people could get more symptomatic and pick up these infections and notice them more the next couple of years.”

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