Flu Numbers Down in Windsor-Essex

The flu numbers are down in Windsor-Essex.

So far, 109 cases have been confirmed this season compared to 120 in the 2017/18 season.

More than 113,000 doses of flu vaccines have been distributed to 234 healthcare providers in Windsor-Essex County, plus 31,000 doses of flu vaccines have been administered through 93 pharmacies this flu season.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed says the vaccine worked this season.

"The most dominant strain so far that we have seen is Influenza A, what we have heard from the preliminary report of vaccine effectiveness that this year was a pretty good year for a vaccine match, so the vaccine was very effective," he says.

Although the numbers are down, Dr. Ahmed says it may be skewed a bit.

"Over the last few years, the protocol that we use to test influenza has been changing, so if you take that factor into consideration yes, if you look at the hard numbers, the numbers you may find low but the testing protocol may have changed as well."

He admits we are at the tail end of the season which starts to slow down in March which sometimes extends to April or May.

There have been no influenza outbreaks declared in Windsor-Essex County long-term care, rest or retirement homes this flu season.