WINNIPEG – While the rest of the country is dealing with an outbreak of the flu, Manitoba is seeing an increase in respiratory infections.
The province’s medical officer of health Dr. Richard Rusk tells 680 CJOB the flu vaccine is doing its job.
“We have been seeing a very close match up with the influenza vaccine and influenzas that they’ve been seeing across other parts of the country,” says Rusk. “We are actually encouraged that this coming season hopefully won’t be as bad as last year.”
H3N2 is the current strain of influenza making its way across Canada.
However, Dr. Rusk says only 19 percent of Manitobans got the vaccine and the flu will pick up once people get back to work and school.