Peak flu season claims three Sask. children

Henrietta Brewer
January 10, 2019

Meanwhile, 19 states and New York City were reporting high levels of influenza-like illness activity, meaning a much higher-than-average proportion of doctor's visits could be attributed to the flu.

Maine ended the 2017-18 flu season with 9,018 cases and 82 deaths, the Maine CDC reported, the worst flu season in at least five years.

Flu activity increases in October, with it peaking between December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Last season at that point, 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported. H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain. For those who get a flu shot and still contract influenza, symptoms tend to be milder and not last as long, research has shown. For reasons of medical privacy, the Department did not release additional information.

The province said children under the age of six months are too young be immunized for the flu so if young kids have a fever and are showing flu-type symptoms, it is important to bring them to see a health-care provider as soon as possible.

This is due in part to H1N1, known as the swine flu, being the dominant strain this year.

A New Jersey child has died of the flu, marking the first pediatric flu death of the 2018-2019 season in the state.

Hafiz said the flu shot does not cause an illness. "It's the best protection that we have to give people against the flu", said Russell, adding that children and adolescents, adults with underlying lung or heart conditions and the elderly should make sure they are immunized.

"Every year, we get a different strain of influenza that goes around".

The child, whose identity was not disclosed, was from the southwest county area and was taken to a hospital outside the county, where the death occurred last week, according to Riverside University Health System officials.

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