Eastern Ontario’s children’s hospital has already seen almost twice as many cases of influenza B since September as it did during the entire flu season last year. It is also dealing with cases of influenza A and RSV, a common respiratory virus.

It is still early, but there are signs that this could be a tough flu season for young children.

Influenza B, which typically shows up later in the season, is being seen in significant amounts at the beginning of the season this year, something that is unusual. As a result, things are already busy at CHEO’s emergency department with flu and other viral illnesses.

“This is a recipe for a very busy viral season,” said Dr. Anne Pham-Huy, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at CHEO.

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