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Influenza A(H3N2) and RSV Activity Still High in BC

The BCCDC's latest Influenza Surveillance Bulletin reports that flu activity remained high in BC during the second week of 2017 (January 8 to 14, 2017), suggesting that the epidemic peak has not yet been reached this season. A(H3N2) has been the dominant subtype so far this season, but respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity also remains elevated. Since the last bulletin one week ago, 30 new influenza outbreaks were reported. Cumulatively, 113 facility influenza...

BC Influenza Surveillance Bulletin: Increased RSV Activity

From BCCDC: Seasonal Influenza Circulation, with Increasing RSV Activity in BC During weeks 48-49 (November 27 to December 10, 2016), seasonal influenza activity was observed in BC. Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) activity continued to increase during this period, notably at the BC Children’s and Women’s Health Centre Laboratory where over one-third of tests were RSV positive in weeks 48-49. At the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory, influenza positivity increased from 7% in week...

Development of universal flu shot: two articles

Canadian researchers developing one-time flu vaccine from Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. are developing a flu vaccine that would be administered only once, eliminating the need for the annual shot. Dr. Matthew Miller, an assistant professor of biochemistry at McMaster, is part of the team of researchers developing the universal vaccine. The basis of its success, he said, is that it targets an unchanging part of the flu virus. “The...