Is it too late to get a flu shot?

Desiree Burns
January 10, 2019

Ottawa, in contrast, was seeing a lower rate of influenza overall and among children than the national rates as of the end of the year (the most recent numbers). That's slightly less compared to this time previous year, but by February of 2018, the number of flu-related deaths skyrocketed to 200.

However, this year's flu vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu.

As of December 29, the most recent data available from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows there were 13,796 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases across the country, with the provinces and territories reporting 1,046 hospitalizations and 24 deaths.

Cadieux noted that flu season peaked early this year in Alberta, but has yet to peak in Ottawa.

The viruses circulating this year are another reason for the milder season.

New Brunswick's peak might come somewhat sooner, as cases there began spreading in late November.

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Dr. Walshak says it's not too late to get the flu shot.

It marks the second flu-related death reported so far in Riverside County after a 60-year-old Riverside man died from flu-related complications in November.

But experts still keep a careful eye on the H1N1 strain, which in 1918 infected 500 million people worldwide and killed 50 million in one of the worst disease outbreaks in recorded history.

A woman prepares to receive a flu shot on January 22, in San Francisco.

"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.

"While most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who is concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service so they can arrange to be treated in a way that does not put others at risk".

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