Influenza information for Ontario health care providers

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Influenza Activity & Surveillance

The following does not constitute medical advice. If you have a medical question or symptoms of illness, you should consult a physician. This information is being shared for information purposes only as part of a pilot project. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario as represented by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care makes no representation or warranty of any kind as to the accuracy, completeness or currency of the information provided. The information is subject to change at any time and without prior notice.

Influenza Activity

Current Provincial Status*
 

Green

General Notification

  • No significant impacts on the acute care or other sectors are anticipated this week associated with influenza virus activity.
  • This week is a good opportunity to focus on influenza prevention activities including reviews of infection prevention & control measures such as hand hygiene strategies and the immunization of health workers and clients / patients / residents.
Last reviewed December 5, 2016
Last updated December 5, 2016

* The provincial status is based on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's review of a number of influenza activity indicators. For information on influenza activity at the public health unit-level, please see the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health Knowledge Management Division's influenza mapper tool.

For more information on the process used to determine the influenza activity level in Ontario, please see the Seasonal Influenza Risk Assessment Process.

Global Influenza Activity Resources

There are a variety of sources that health workers and health sector employers can turn to for information on influenza activity in Ontario, Canada, North America and the world:

Seasonal Influenza Risk Assessment Process

From November to April, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care reviews a set of indicators on a weekly basis to assess how the province is progressing through the influenza season. These indicators include data from syndromic and laboratory surveillance systems, as well as health system utilization data.

The ministry is piloting a classification system to describe influenza activity and to support decision-making by health organizations. Over the course of the 2016/2017 influenza season, the classification system will be validated for future improvements. This system describes provincial influenza activity according to a green, yellow, orange and red colour scheme:

Green - Influenza-related activity is at low seasonal levels.

Yellow - Influenza-related activity is at elevated seasonal levels.

Orange - Influenza-related activity is at elevated seasonal levels and may be reaching peak levels this week.

Red - Influenza-related activity is at greatly elevated levels.

For more information about this project, please contact the ministry's Emergency Management Branch by email at emergencymanagement.moh@ontario.ca or by phone at 1-866-212-2272.

For More Information
For information about flu

Call the ServiceOntario INFOline at 1-877-844-1944
TTY 1-800-387-5559
TTY (Toronto) 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm

To speak with a registered nurse

Visit Telehealth Ontario or call 1-866-797-0000
TTY: 1-866-797-0007
Hours of operation : 24 hours, 7 days a week

To find health care options in your community

Visit ontario.ca/healthcareoptions or call 1-866-330-6206.

To find a health care provider

If you don’t have a health care provider, you can register for the Health Care Connect program. Visit ontario.ca/healthcareconnect or call 1-800-445-1822.