Reduce the spread of respiratory viruses

Respiratory viruses increase in the fall and winter. Using several layers of protection helps to reduce your risk of getting and spreading infection.

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Current situation

The 2022 to 2023 respiratory virus season started earlier than usual. As typical, several respiratory viruses are currently circulating at the same time, including:

Some factors that may contribute to an increase in infectious respiratory illnesses include:

There's also a shortage of acetaminophen and ibuprofen products for infants and children across Canada. Health Canada continues to work with the suppliers of these drugs to increase the products available in the Canadian market. We've also provided access to approved products that have been imported from other countries.

Our health care system is under strain with the increased circulation of respiratory viruses, shortage of health care workers and pressure from the ongoing response to the pandemic.

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Who is at high risk

Everyone is at risk of getting sick from respiratory viruses. Some people are at risk of experiencing more serious complications if they:

Preventing the spread

Respiratory viruses spread in several ways. For example, a respiratory virus can spread from person-to-person when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or it can spread through contact with contaminated surfaces. That's why using several layers of protection is the most effective way to help reduce your risk of getting and spreading viruses.

It's important to:

By reducing the spread of these viruses, we help:

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Getting vaccinated

One of the most effective ways to help protect yourself from becoming severely sick is to stay up to date with your COVID-19 vaccine and annual flu (influenza) vaccine. The COVID-19 and flu (influenza) vaccines are available for those 6 months of age or older and both vaccines can be given at the same time.

There's no approved vaccine for RSV yet.

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