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This section is a source of information for health care providers to guide them in their clinical practice including reporting processes and updates on testing and care in Windsor-Essex County.
The Health Protection and Promotion Act 1990 (HPPA), R.S.O., 1990, outlines the requirements for physicians, practitioners, laboratories, and institutions to report any suspect or confirmed influenza cases to the Medical Officer of Health. This information is collected under Regulation 569 of the HPPA. Influenza is to be reported by the next working day. If the individual presents with a novel or emerging respiratory infection, please report immediately to the Medical Officer of Health.
General information regarding influenza
Information for Windsor-Essex County providers who administer influenza vaccines
Public Health Ontario - Key Features of influenza, SARS-CoV-2 and Other Common Respiratory Viruses
Advisory Committee Statement (ASC): Canadian Immunization Guide Chapter on Influenza and Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2020-2021
- Public Health Ontario: Influenza Vaccines for the 2020-2021 Influenza Season
- National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI): Guidance for Influenza Vaccine Delivery in the Presence of COVID-19
- Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Universal influenza Immunization Program (UIIP).
Information regarding the use of cell culture-based influenza vaccine (Flucelvax Quad) in pregnancy
- Pregnant women are recognized as a priority group for influenza vaccination, as influenza infection in pregnancy increases the woman’s risk of hospitalization and other serious complications, as well as the baby’s risk of adverse neonatal outcomes. Vaccination of pregnant women also helps protect the baby from influenza in the first few months of life.
- Influenza vaccination in pregnancy is a safe and effective method for protecting pregnant women and their babies from influenza.
- The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends offering any age-appropriate inactivated influenza vaccine product to all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy. This recommendation has been in place for over a decade in Canada and is considered the standard of care for pregnant women.
- Flucelvax® Quad was licenced for use in Canada in November 2019. Mammalian cell culture-based inactivated influenza vaccines have been used in other jurisdictions for over a decade.
- The NACI Supplemental Statement: Mammalian Cell Culture-Based Influenza Vaccines recommends that Flucelvax® Quad be considered among the quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine products offered to adults and children ≥ 9 years of age. NACI has advised that this recommendation was intended to apply to pregnant women (personal communication, NACI). Thus, as with other inactivated influenza vaccines, Flucelvax® Quad can be offered to pregnant women.
Ministry of Health Resources
- Guidance for Immunization Services during COVID-19
- Memo to Healthcare Providers
- Healthcare Provider Qs and As: Information for 2020/2021 Influenza Season
- Information for Individuals 6-months to 64 years of age (English)
- Information for Individuals 6-months to 64 years of age (French)
- Information for Individuals 65+ years of age (English)
- Information for Individuals 65+ years of age (French)
Diagnostic Testing Updates:
- Public Health Ontario Laboratory: Influenza testing with nasopharyngeal swab
- Public Health Ontario Laboratory: Labstract (October 2020) - Respiratory Virus Testing Update
- Antiviral Medication Use During an Influenza Outbreak: Congregate Living Settings (Public Health Ontario)
- Public Health Ontario Factsheet: Influenza Antiviral Treatment
Influenza Immunization Posters for Healthcare Providers
- Browse a list of downloadable resources, available in English and French.