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What kind of flu season are we expecting this year, and when does it begin?

Flu season in Canada typically starts in October, but it can vary from season to season.Canadians can predict the severity of their flu season based on what has recently happened during the winter season in countries in the southern hemisphere (e.g., Australia).

Data from the 2023 flu season suggests that there were more cases and hospitalizations compared to the years before the COVID-19 pandemic. Initial data from Australia suggests an early start to the 2024 flu season with a greater impact on children, however it remains unclear whether the flu season will look like this in Canada.

On the other hand, COVID-19 exposure rates are more closely linked to factors such as your exposure to crowded public areas with poor ventilation, participation in activities that involve heavy breathing (e.g., singing, shouting), and the type of COVID-19 strain circulating in your community (variants).

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