Canadians who think they’re coming down with the flu or strep throat may soon be able to avoid the doctor’s office and instead head to their local drug store where they can pay for a diagnostic test to quickly determine if they’re sick.
It seems very few Canadians are getting sick with the flu this year.
The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that flu cases are well below expected levels for this time of the year. But that doesn’t mean that there might not be a few outbreaks come January.
A recent surge in human infections caused by bird flu viruses and a proliferation of the types of animal flu viruses sparking infections in people are events that need to be watched, the World Health Organization said Thursday.
A new report shows this winter's nasty flu season has peaked and is clearly retreating in the U.S. But flu-related hospitalization rates in people 65 and older are the highest since the government started tracking them nine years ago.
The flu is now widespread in all but seven states, and hospitalization rates match the dismal season two years ago. While U.S. health officials fear this will be an unusually bad year, it's too soon to say.