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). Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been observing lighter flu seasons than usual. This could be the result of the precautions that people have been taking to prevent COVID-19. Measures like ensuring social distancing, maintaining good hand hygiene, and wearing a mask that we've adopted to prevent COVID-19 can also help prevent the flu.

Predictions based on other countries are not always 100% accurate, but Canadians are again hoping for a lighter flu season as we don't want to be fighting off two viral illnesses at the same time.

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