Ontario’s top doc says flu season may have peaked

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Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore says the flu season may have peaked in the province.

Moore believes the flu season hit its apex in recent days and says there has also been a slight decrease in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Respiratory illnesses have overwhelmed children’s hospitals across the province over the past two months, with the flu accounting for the bulk of recent admissions at many of the country’s pediatric hospitals.

Moore warns that RSV will persist and present continued pressure on children’s hospitals.

Major pediatric hospitals have cancelled surgeries in order to redeploy staff to help out intensive care units and emergency departments.

Lakeridge Health continues to reduce number of elective pediatric surgeries.

Despite Moore’s comments that the flu season may have peaked, earlier this week Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children said flu cases were rising.

SickKids internal testing shows a hard-hitting influenza A strain is on a marked upswing while RSV abates.

Emergency department head Doctor Jason Fischer says they are currently seeing about 240 children a day now, a far cry from 320 patients a day in past weeks.

The holiday season is approaching, which is always SickKids’ busiest time in the emergency department, and it is bracing for the next wave.

The hospital believes the surge in respiratory illnesses could last until March.

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