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Middlesex-London Health Unit sees low flu activity early into season

The low activity mirrors much of what’s being seen across the country and is due in part to restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As the region deals with challenges in flu shot availability, the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is reporting very low flu activity with “no influenza cases reported to date.”

That’s according to Dr. Alex Summers, the associate medical officer of health for London and Middlesex County.

“It’s important to note that flu season starts at different times every year. Sometimes it happens early, sometimes it happens late. That being said, by mid-November, where we are now, we would still expect some kind of activity and we are seeing low levels this year,” Summers said.

The news mirrors much of what’s being seen across Ontario, with Summers noting that between Nov. 1 and Nov. 7, the province saw no cases of influenza reported.

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To compare with the previous flu season, the final MLHU influenza report for 2019-2020, released in April, noted that more than 300 cases had been reported since Sept. 2019.

Summers says the low activity is being driven in part by the measures and restrictions brought on amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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