Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated

  • Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated

Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people with chronic illness. This was mostly among children ages 0-4 years old. That's slightly less compared to this time past year, but by February of 2018, the number of flu-related deaths skyrocketed to 200.

Peak flu season is starting now, and doctors say to get ready for a potentially extended season.

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

Moore said physicians at CHEO are seeing cases of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) and other viruses as well as some flu.

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

The 2017/2018 influenza season was considered one of high severity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with high rates of emergency department visits and widespread flu activity over an extended period.

From Dec. 23 to 29, 2019, the province reported 64 new influenza cases, including one death and one ICU admission.

Authorities say flu activity across New Jersey is high, so it's important for those who have not yet done so to get a flu shot.

Limerick-based Dr Kevin Kelleher, the assistant national director in health protection, said that flu levels are likely to increase over the coming weeks when the flu begins to actively circulate in the community. H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain. While the CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against the flu by the end of October, getting a flu shot later can still be beneficial.

"So we would like everybody who's eligible to get the vaccine", said Russell, noting that it takes about two weeks for antibodies induced by the shot to come into full effect.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story.