Seasonal Flu & Other Respiratory Viruses

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Posted January 18, 2021

Weekly Influenza Reports
Public Health Ontario

COVID-19 measures also suppress flu—for now
Kelly Servick
Science, Jan. 15 2021, Vol. 371, Issue 6526, pp. 224

How COVID-19 is changing the cold and flu season
Nicola Jones N. (2020). Nature, 588(7838), 388–390.

Posted October 9, 2020

Key features of influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and Other Common Respiratory Viruses
Public Health Ontario, Sept. 2020
*see page 4 for basic reproductive numbers and case fatality percentages

FluWatch annual report: 2018-19 influenza season
Public Health Agency of Canada, 2019

Ontario Respiratory Pathogen Bulletin 2018-19: Surveillance Season (September 1, 2018 – August 31,2019)
Public Health Ontario, 2019

Posted September 18, 2020

Influenza vaccine does not increase the risk of coronavirus or other non-influenza respiratory viruses: retrospective analysis from Canada, 2010-11 to 2016-17.
Skowronski, D. M., Zou, M., Clarke, Q., et al. (2020). Clinical Infectious Diseases. Published online May 22 2020.

Why doctors think you should get the flu shot this year — and soon
Emily Chung, Marcy Cuttler, Christine Birak, CBC News, Sept. 18 2020

Coronavirus and the Flu: A Looming Double Threat
Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, Sept. 6 2020

Addressing Influenza Vaccination Disparities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Grohskopf, L. A., Liburd, L. C., & Redfield, R. R. JAMA. 2020;324(11):1029-1030.

Getting a flu shot during the COVID-19 era: Here’s what you need to know
Nicole Ireland, CBC News, Sept. 3 2020

What Happens When COVID-19 Collides With Flu Season?
Rubin, R. JAMA. 2020;324(10):923-925. Aug. 20 2020

COVID-19 and the next influenza season
Benjamin D. Singer, Science Advances, Vol. 6, no. 31, July 29 2020