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Pandemic Influenza Plan 2007

Arrow BulletChapter 2: Background on Influenza and Pandemics

Influenza is a highly contagious, acute viral disease of the respiratory tract that causes outbreaks every winter in temperate climates. Influenza is responsible for thousands of hospitalizations and deaths each year in Canada. Complications, such as pneumonia, are most likely to occur in persons with underlying health conditions, seniors, or young children.

Background on Influenza and Pandemics (PDF 3 pages, 24KB)


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