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Influenza

  • In Peel and Ontario, the incidence of influenza in the 2003/2004 season was the highest it has been in the last nine seasons. This is most likely due to increased use of newly available and convenient rapid tests for influenza and increased monitoring of respiratory infections in response to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

  • In Peel, the reported incidence of influenza is highest in those aged less than five years and those 60 years and older. This may reflect the fact that these age groups are more likely to have a serious illness from influenza and be tested.

  • The predominant strain of influenza that circulated in Ontario and Canada during the 2003/2004 influenza season was A/Fujian/411/02-like.

  • During the 2003/2004 influenza season there were 21 outbreaks of influenza A in institutions reported by the Region of Peel Health Department to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The number of outbreaks for 2003/2004 was the highest since these data started to be collected in 1997/1998.
  Chapter One - Influenza (PDF file 133 KB, 31 pages)

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