The flu season began in December and the Public Health Agency of Canada says more than 15,500 cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza had been reported by January 6. "We don't offer elective surgeries over the weekend so we will have a better sense of the situation for next week starting Monday", said a statement sent to CTV News on Saturday. Of all tested laboratory samples received by the CDC last week, 83.6% were influenza A and 16.4% were influenza B.
Now the United States is bracing itself for for similar difficulties, with public health officials confirming that this year's flu season was turning into a "moderately severe" one, according to the New York Times.
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The lone flu death in Marin County this year involved a person under 65, and it's not known if the person was vaccinated.
The DPH urged people to still get the vaccine because it can still help.
The flu shot for the 2017-2018 flu season is well-matched to the viruses that are circulating around the world, but it is not very effective in preventing illnesses with the most severe types of flu.
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As of this month, more than 151 million doses of flu vaccine have been shipped. Dr. Levine says children are among the most vulnerable. But it's the first time that all eight Beaumont hospitals have seen a flu outbreak severe enough to justify the temporary ban at the same time, hospital spokesman Mark Geary said.
Some symptoms too look out for include a dry cough, body aches and a fever.
There are indications that the H1N1 virus, which caused the 2009-2010 swine flu pandemic but is now a regular human flu virus, is also starting to show up, Jernigan said. According to the Amarillo Public Health Department, there have been 3,303 cases in Randall and Potter counties alone. While there are spot shortages of antiviral drugs, the overall supply is plentiful.
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Across the country, there have been a number of pediatric deaths reported, including one child in NY. Half of states are reporting especially intense flu activity. "They can also take a number of proactive steps to lower the chances they and others will be infected with the flu, such as washing hands frequently, covering their cough and not touching their eyes, nose and mouth". If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.