Peak Flu Season Is Coming Up, And Kids Are Especially At Risk

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"We're really just now getting into our flu season", said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario, noting that the proportion of tests on people with respiratory bugs that came back positive for influenza had doubled to 16 per cent in the week ending December 29, compared to eight per cent the week before. According to health officials, in comparison with the flu season of 2018, this year's epidemic started slower, so there's still enough time for everyone to get the flu shot.

The dominant strains from the previous two season were more likely to affect seniors, the report noted, which explains the lower number this year.

Price said the flu shot is free with most insurance.

Northern Health says ongoing prevention is the best way to reduce the risk or avoid getting the flu.

You and your family can get the flu shot at no cost at a military hospital or clinic, a participating network pharmacy, or from a TRICARE-authorized provider. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.

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The nasal vaccine is back as an option this year, however, Phillips says it's still not certain it's as effective as the shot.

The CDC recommends older adults to get a pneumonia vaccine, along with the flu vaccine, due to complications pneumonia can cause as a result of the flu. The CDC is now reporting a widespread presence of the flu virus in 24 states. Most of the deaths have been in the older population...65 or older.

"This particular virus is a match to the strain contained in this year's influenza vaccine", Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, told CTV News.

"If you are a business owner, you should also encourage your employees to get vaccinated".

Hu said the prevalent flu strain this year has been H1N1, which has a higher risk to younger people.

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Shahab said health care workers are seeing higher rates of the illness among pre-schoolers in this H1N1 flu season than they have in H3N2 seasons.

She's the second little one to have died from flu-associated issues in Kane County over the past year. Two children also died from influenza past year.

Quinton's case illustrates the true cost of a disease that some people dismiss as "just the flu".

Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches). The first was 5-year-old Mia Lobo from Carpentersville.

The CDC reviews the effectiveness of the vaccine each year and often bases expectations on how virulent the strain was and how it was treated in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia.

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"There's no ifs or ands about it because we don't want to go through this again", Wesley Kequahtooway said.

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