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PHO Rounds: What’s New in Flu? 2018/19 season
Thursday, October 11, 2018 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave. Suite 300, Toronto ON, M5G 1V2 - Boardroom 350
Laboratory Testing and Sciences; Infectious Diseases
City: Toronto
Type: PHO Rounds
Format: In Person; Webinar

Please note: This is an open invitation and may be forwarded to interested parties.

The 2017-18 influenza season in Ontario was “unusual”. There were atypical sustained co-circulation of influenza A and B during most of the season, mixed reports of severity across regions and low vaccine effectiveness against the circulating influenza A virus.

This Rounds session will include the following topics:

  • End of season epidemiologic and virologic summary of the 2017-18 season, including its unique features;
  • Summary of vaccine effectiveness estimates for the 2017/18 season;
  • An overview of influenza vaccines available under Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) for the 2018/2019 season;
  • An update regarding the use of antiviral medications for influenza treatment and prevention; and
  • An update regarding influenza and other respiratory virus laboratory testing conducted at Public Health Ontario Laboratory.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the 2018/2019 influenza and respiratory virus season in Ontario;
  • Identify influenza vaccine effectiveness in the 2017/2018 season and the recommendations for available products part of Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program 2018/2019;
  • Define the use and benefits of antiviral medications for the treatment and prevention of influenza; and
  • Understand the influenza and other respiratory virus laboratory tests available for the 2018/2019 season.

Presenters: Dr. Jonathan Gubbay, Dr. Michelle Murti and Dr. Bryna Warshawsky

Dr. Jonathan Gubbay is a Medical Microbiologist and Deputy Chief at Public Health Ontario.
Dr. Michelle Murti is a Public Health Physician at Public Health Ontario.
Dr. Bryna Warshawsky is a Medical Director at Public Health Ontario.

Please note that you will receive details on how to join the webinar after registering for this event.

Public Health Ontario Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI). For more information, contact


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