The BC Centre for Disease Control says flu season hit the province a little earlier than usual, and is picking up steam.
The main flu strain this time is known as H3N2, and the vaccine isn’t a perfect match for a mutated version that’s been showing up. But Sunshine Coast Medical Health Officer Dr. Paul Martiquet says that doesn’t mean it won’t work.
Martiquet says one reason for concern is that H3N2 seems to hit older people harder.
Mid-Island MHO Dr. Paul Hasselback says it’s hard to predict whether the imperfect vaccine match, or any other factors, will make this a more severe season.
Starting today health care workers, and people visiting places like hospitals and long term care homes have to be vaccinated or wear a mask.