Peak flu season claims three Sask. children

Peak flu season claims three Sask. children

A child has died from the flu, the New Jersey Health Department announced Tuesday, making it the first flu-related pediatric death of the season in the state.

During the same timeframe, there were only two reported deaths from influenza past year.

Kids under the age of five have been particularly vulnerable to the flu virus this year, with a higher rate of confirmed cases based on the percentage of the population.

Bennett said the flu often starts in the South and heads northward during the winter months, and ME was one of the last states in the nation a year ago to experience widespread flu.

There have been 1,723 lab confirmed cases of the flu since September 1.

Ontario got off to slower start to the season compared to Alberta, for instance, which began getting hit with the respiratory illness in late October, early November. "This year, the predominant strain we're seeing is H1N1", Shahab said.

It is expected to peak in about 8-12 weeks.

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Hospitals across IN are seeing high level of flu activity - including Marion County.

The flu is mainly affecting children and the over 65s, said HSE public health specialist Dr Kevin Kelleher.

Visitors are encouraged to check a health care facility's website or call in advance about its restrictions and any exceptions.

"Flu activity has taken off our projection is that it's going to continue to increase, probably for the next few months", says Dr. Andrew Walshak with Presbyterian/ St. Luke's Medical Center.

Last year, the vaccine was about 40 percent effective, the U.S. CDC said, while it was 48 percent effective in 2016-17 and 59 percent effective in 2015-16. But there are a number of reasons to get vaccinated now if you haven't done so already.

He said children were not among the flu fatalities so far and they also do not include any pregnant women.

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