2019/20 FLU SEASON EXPECTED TO BE SEVERE, SAY EXPERTS

Sep 20, 2019

By Jane Brown

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We could be in for a doozy of a flu season.

Experts are forecasting a severe flu season on the way, with an expected return of the H-2-N-3 virus strain that brought severe flu symptoms last season.

There is also new research out of Japan which suggests antibacterial hand sanitizer may not be as effective against the flu as previously thought.

Scientists compared the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers to regular soap and water hand hygiene in terms of its efficacy to kill the influenza virus. What they found was that the germs on the hand actually have to be dried for the alcohol based hand sanitizers to work at maximum efficacy.

Flu is transmitted via droplets.

This year’s flu vaccine will be available in Ontario starting sometime next month.

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