Manitoba's chief public health officer will take part in a telephone town hall tonight to answer parents' questions as the number of children with respiratory viruses climbs.

Dr. Brent Roussin says health officials will also stress the need for preventive action such as getting flu shots and washing hands.

Roussin says the province is being hit by three viruses at once: COVID-19, the seasonal flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

"We normally see these viruses throughout the respiratory virus season, but we sort of got hit with them all at once," Roussin said Monday.

He will be joined in the town hall by Dr. Elisabete Doyle, medical director and section head of pediatric emergency medicine at Winnipeg's children's hospital.

Parents interested in taking part in tonight's town hall are asked to fill out a form beforehand on the government website


The town hall will go live at 7:00 p.m. on November 22.