Six people die from flu in ten days

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That's the strain that was circulating widely last year, when we had a really bad year for flu.

"This year in particular, we have expected that children under 19 years of age and non-elderly adults will be disproportionately affected. children because they are less likely to have protection (built-in immunity) from prior epidemics of H1N1". Thirty-one were treated in intensive care units.

Traditionally, the H1N1 component is better at halting the spread of that strain of the virus, compared to H3N2, which has a greater propensity to genetically mutate, often in the manufacturing process.

The flu shot takes two weeks to take full effect, officials said.

People at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease; people 65 years and older; and people who are immunocompromised should seek health care advice early on if they experience flu-like symptoms. There have also been 414 pediatric hospitalizations due to influenza, including 71 intensive care unit admissions, according to the most recent government data - figures that are more than double than the same period previous year.

- Avoid bringing children under the age of 12 to hospitals when possible. "Our peak numbers have been over 300 patients a day".

"We haven't had anything so far that's really bad", said Elizabeth Goodman, head nurse for the White County school system, on January 4.

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"This year, it's closer to 60 years old". In December of 2017 there were 13 hospitalizations. They are required to receive two shots, a month apart.

"We were totally in shock", his father, Wesley Kequahtooway, told CTV News.

Children under five years of age account for not only half of the influenza deaths, but six of the 14 intensive care admissions at Saskatchewan hospitals since September 1. Now recovering, he will be returning to his community this week. That, he added, will not happen again.

Lee also said flu cases are picking up throughout the country. It was last seen during the 2015-16 season.

Vaccines are not 100 percent effective at preventing the flu, but those vaccinated will have fewer complications, Schlueter said. The U.S. CDC typically announces initial vaccine effectiveness for the season in February, after collecting data.

Despite the spike in cases, this is the typical pattern seen, and is on par with what was seen past year as well, said Khan. In order to get the vaccine on the market in time, scientists have to predict the strains months in advance. "It's not too late".

Influenza and other virus are circulating throughout the province as flu season is well underway.

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