In the midst of preparing for the disease season, there are always questions about the vaccine. The question that needs to be posed, is that has the wider spread use of the vaccine already impacted the natural course of annual circulation such that we are reaping the benefits of much lower deaths and morbidity? Perhaps an insidious form of herd immunity, and the resultant apathy towards the illness may be our greatest threat.
Watching the false starts, the various influenza offenses and corresponding human defences manouveurs can be almost as exciting as a Grey Cup, and just as nerve-wracking. For those active in public health, it is far from a spectator sport.