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Flu season takes hold of Canada


Staff writers
January 10, 2013 — Now that the holidays are over, flu season has reared its head across the country.


It's estimated that 10 to 20% of Canadians catch the flu each year
It's estimated that 10 to 20% of Canadians catch the flu each year

January is seen as a time to get back on track. And with people back to work, commuting also means more contact with strangers.

That can spell trouble for people who are susceptible to contracting the flu.

This year, an aggressive strain of influenza left Canadians battling the virus earlier than previous years and, according to Dr. John Carsley of Vancouver Coastal Health, some have been hit harder than usual.

Regular hand-washing and getting the flu shot are two of the best defences, but many of the people we caught up with in Vancouver said they hadn't been immunized.

Fortunately, the province's health care workers are getting the message.

According to Maclean's Magazine, 60% of full-time health professionals got the shot this season, well above the average of 35 to 45 percent.

It's estimated that 10 to 20% of Canadians catch the flu each year, resulting in approximately 20,000 hospitalizations.

Visit the National Flu Report to stay up-to-date on the influenza activity in your area.

With files from Ian Jacobs

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