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PHO Rounds: It’s Not Just COVID-19 Anymore: The update on Influenza for the 2021-22 Season

Planning is underway for the upcoming 2021-22 respiratory virus season in Ontario.  Although there was almost no influenza or other non-COVID-19 respiratory viruses circulating in the 2020-21 season due to pandemic restrictions, there is already evidence of the resurgence of these viruses with the lifting of pandemic measures in various jurisdictions. This rounds session will include the following topics:

  • A summary of the epidemiology of non-SARS-CoV-2 respiratory viruses currently circulating in Canada and internationally;
  • An overview of influenza vaccines available under Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP) for the 2021-22 season;
  • An update regarding the use of antiviral medications for influenza treatment and prevention;
  • An update regarding influenza and other respiratory virus laboratory testing conducted at the Public Health Ontario Laboratory.

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

  • Describe trends in influenza and respiratory activity observed following reopening phases of the pandemic in Ontario, Canada and internationally
  • Recognize influenza vaccine products available as part of Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program 2021-22
  • Understand the use and benefits of antiviral medications for the treatment and prevention of influenza
  • Understand influenza and other respiratory virus laboratory testing conducted for the 2021-22 season

Présentateur(s): Dr. Michelle Murti and Dr. Jonathan Gubbay

Dr. Michelle Murti is a Medical Director in the Health Protection Department at Public Health Ontario. Her area of expertise includes communicable diseases, surveillance and epidemiology and emergency preparedness. She is cross appointed in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Jonathan Gubbay is a Medical Microbiologist at the Public Health Ontario laboratory and a paediatric infectious diseases physician. He has been the medical lead of many key programs at PHO’s laboratory, including respiratory viral infections, emerging viruses, respiratory bacteria and gastrointestinal viruses. He holds an academic appointment at the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.



Public Health Ontario Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca .


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or capacitybuilding@oahpp.ca .

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Publié le 22 sept. 2021