Flu Activity Begins to Climb Across the Country

H1N1 influenza virus particles  National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

H1N1 influenza virus particles National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

In addition, a pain-free nasal spray vaccine is also available for children and youth aged 2 to 17 years.

According to surveillance data released by the Public Health Agency of Canada on Friday, there have been 13,796 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases across Canada this season, up until December 29, 2018. "Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza and its potentially severe complications".

Wisconsin health officials say while the flu season is now mild, it hasn't reached its peak yet.

In February of previous year, the flu vaccine advisory group of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended changing two of the four components for the flu vaccine administered in the Northern Hemisphere.

Flu season usually runs from October to April.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw away the tissue and wash your hands.

The department said Wednesday that a total of 10 people have now died due to influenza during the flu season that began in September.

Arkansas and Oklahoma have lost 21 people to the flu since September.

"There are two types when we talk about this virus - A and B - this year we have the A strain which has a particular predilection for some people under 65", Dr Kelleher said. That strain has been circulating and was pandemic in 2009 and in 1918.

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"We have 268 confirmed cases of flu in Jackson County right now, which a year ago, we were much higher", Landrum said.

An estimated five to 12 percent of Pennsylvanians get the flu each season.

"It's important people still get their flu vaccines if they have not gotten it", Destree explains.

Thankfully, health officials say there haven't been any pediatric deaths from the flu in Pennsylvania so far this season.

Stay home when you are sick.

The dominant flu strain this year is H1N1 - the same virus that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in 2009 after it caused hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world.

"It's a substantial season", said Dr. Scott Halperin, director of the Canadian Center for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University.

The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated.

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