Local health officials are already warning the upcoming flu season could be a tough one. Officials with Ottawa Public Health have been watching flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere with concern. That’s because Australia has had its worst flu season in recent memory, with at least 166,000 cases and more than 370 deaths reported. It’s a massive increase over the previous year when 91,000 cases had been reported. What happens with the flu in other parts of the world can often (but not always) be a good indication of what the flu will be like in the Northern Hemisphere during the upcoming season.
Flu shots are available at pharmacies, through public health clinics and at doctors offices, beginning later this month. (local files)