The flu season is off to a slow start in Manitoba this year.
But that doesn’t mean an outbreak isn’t on the way.
By Boxing Day last flu season, there were 200 lab confirmed cases in our province.
This season, there were only six.
But that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods.
The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Dr. Bunmi Fatoye says it is too early to predict whether there will be fewer cases this season.
“It’s too soon for me to predict that. We continue to monitor our indicators as the season progresses. We do have some indication nationally that those indicators might be on the rise,” she said.
But Fatoye says there is still time to protect yourself from it.
“We need to think about getting the vaccine if we haven’t received the vaccine and think about how we can protect our loved ones and ourselves by taking other preventative measures,” she said.
Free flu shots are still available through your doctor, pharmacies and other clinics. As of November 30, 17 per cent of us had got one.