After a brutal flu season, it looks like the end is finally in sight, according to one of the province’s top doctors.
The Ministry of Health’s Dr. Denise Werker said — as soon as Influenza A peaked last December — Influenza B began circulating, which is significantly earlier than in previous years.
While she noted all influenza is “predictably unpredictable,” Werker estimates — within the next three weeks — it’ll be “on its way down.”
Since Influenza B mostly affects school-aged children and they’re off this week for February break, Werker said it’s helped move the virus out.
“The kids aren’t together, so that would be another reason why we actually may see a decrease in the (period) after the school break.”
When it comes to the flu shot, Werker said there’s no use getting it now because it takes about 10 to 15 days to kick in.
“I wouldn’t be encouraging vaccination at this period in time. The time to get a vaccination is when the clinics are open in October, November,” she explained.
Werker does, however, encourage parents to get their young children their second dose of the vaccine.
Despite this year’s flu shot not having a great impact on those fighting Influenza A, Werker said it is working to combat Influenza B, so those who have received it are likely better protected.
As of Feb. 17, there have been a total of 2,422 lab confirmed cases of influenza across Saskatchewan this flu season.