It’s a Complex Respiratory Season

Protect yourself from the flu and other common viruses.

As social interactions move indoors, we are managing a complex respiratory season that can impact the most vulnerable including children under five years of age. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and Influenza are driving the hospital admissions for children in Ontario.

As a community, we need to protect the most vulnerable as many of these young children are most susceptible to respiratory viruses, and adults can transmit to them. Families and individuals that support children under five years age need to use extra caution to limit exposure. The Chief Medical Officer of Health is strongly recommending that Ontarians mask in all indoor public settings, including in schools and in childcare settings.

Children aged two to five should only wear a mask with supervision if they can safely tolerate masking and can put it on and take it off. It is very important to use basic actions to reduce the spread of respiratory illness. It will be essential for our health care system and capacity to support individuals with severe illness.

Actions include:

  • Stay up to date with your vaccines
  • Screen for respiratory symptoms daily
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Always practice good hand hygiene and regularly clean surfaces
  • Mask indoors (public settings), including schools and childcare settings

On this page:

Respiratory Illness Precautions

Local COVID-19 Surveillance Report

This report provides details about confirmed COVID-19 cases, vaccinations, and system capacity in Lambton County.

COVID-19 Surveillance Report