'It was shocking because it came so quick': Patients and doctors cope as flu season ramps up
2020-01-16 from cbc.ca
Packed emergency wards, filled with feverish, coughing people suffering from the flu. It is a scene being played out at hospitals across the country.
This flu season started a bit earlier than normal and is now moving into high gear, experts say.
That certainly seemed clear at Humber River Hospital in Toronto on Boxing Day.
"We saw 510 people come through our emergency room department and our after-hours kids clinic on that day," said Dr. Tasleem Nimjee, an ER physician at the hospital.
What may also be a bit unusual is the presence of both flu strains at the same time. Influenza A mainly affects older people, while influenza B typically targets children and youth. Normally, one strain wanes as the other peaks.
Every year, the flu kills an estimated 3,000 Canadians, often young children, the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma.
So far, there have been nearly 12,500 confirmed cases of flu across Canada and 10 deaths.
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