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Ontario Respiratory Pathogen Bulletin​

Information for health care providers

Influenza antiviral medications are recommended for treatment of some individuals when influenza is circulating in your community. See our factsheet for more information (November 2017) on the use of antiviral medications for the treatment and prevention of influenza.

For information on influenza circulation in your community, see Table 5 in the Ontario Respiratory Pathogen Bulletin. 

The ORPB is posted every Friday from November to April.  

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PHO monitors and analyzes the spread and intensity of respiratory pathogen activity and influenza in Ontario to support local, provincial, federal and global surveillance efforts.

The Ontario Respiratory Pathogen Bulletin (ORPB) is a comprehensive, weekly summary of provincial respiratory pathogen activity. As well, in the bulletin, you will find information on the onset, duration, conclusion, geographic patterns, severity and progression of seasonal influenza activity.

Healthcare worker influenza immunization coverage rate data for the 2017-2018 season can be found in the  Week 14 ORPB.

​Important changes to the ORPB for the 2017-2018 season:

  • Due to changes in reporting requirements, hospitalizations and deaths in individuals with laboratory-confirmed. influenza will no longer be reported in the ORPB.
  • As a result of changes in respiratory virus laboratory testing, some indicators ‎of respiratory virus activity in the ORPB will not be comparable to past seasons.
  • Please refer to footnotes and section 10: “Data sources for this report” in the ORPB for additional information.​​​

Scroll down to see the interactive​​ version of the report and map.






Looking for reporting information or seasonal summaries? Check out the bott​om of this page.​



Provincial surveillance reporting
For public health units conducting surveillance monitoring activities, please refer to the following surveillance submission information for the current season:

2017-18 Surveillance Weeks

2017-18 Surveillance Package

Ontario Influenza Activity
        Report Form

View the archived reports and maps

Related Links

Reports from other jurisdictions

Public Health Agency of Canada

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Flu News Europe
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and World Health Organization

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