Still time to get flu shots: Sherlock

Most cases occurred in people under age 65.

Last flu season in Riverside County, the deaths of 23 people aged 64 or younger were linked with the flu, according to the release.

Cameron Kaiser said the victim had not received a flu shot and did not have any known pre-existing health disorders.

With the start of the new year, flu season has been picking up across the country.

While H1N1-predominant seasons tend to be milder overall at the population level compared to those characterized primarily by H3N2, individuals who get hit with either strain won't detect much of a difference - both bring on fever, cough, general malaise and achy muscles and joints, she said from Vancouver.

Since December 1 last, there have been 39 confirmed cases in the Mid-West, and 26 of these detections were resident in Limerick.

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The timing of seasonal flu outbreaks vary and can begin as early as late October. "Flu activity can last until April or May and the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you from influenza".

Thirteen flu-related deaths have been reported nationally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"At the end of 2018, flu activity was high in New York City and 19 states, including most of the American southwest and New Jersey. Get your flu shot and get protected".

Although most people who get the flu recover within a few days or a couple of weeks, some can develop pneumonia and life-threatening complications.

That also goes for healthy adults who are in close contact with people in those groups or with babies under six months of age who are too young to be inoculated against influenza, she said.

"Don't linger. Run, do not walk, and get your influenza vaccine because it does take 10 days to 2 weeks for the body to build up its maximum protection", said Schaffner. It also misstated the percentage of children that make up B.C.'s population.

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