Flu cases starting to surge, with kids and teens especially vulnerable: doctors

Last flu season in Riverside County, the deaths of 23 people aged 64 or younger were linked with the flu, according to the release.

"In 1918, the situation was very unusual as a high proportion of the fatalities were in young healthy adults and death often occurred quickly", Schaffner said. The CDC estimates that 80,000 people died of the flu during the 2017-2018 season. This was mostly among children ages 0-4 years old. Just 13 per cent of lab-confirmed flu cases were among children under four in Ottawa, compared with 47 per cent among seniors over 65.

Nor has CHEO seen the kind of spike in influenza-related hospitalizations among children being reported in other parts of the country, said spokesman Paddy Moore. The restriction does not include clinic appointments and visits to the Emergency Department.

Three of those deaths have been unvaccinated children under the age of five.

The flu season started earlier this year and Saskatchewan's chief medical officer Dr. Saqib Shahab said it has peaked.

This year's flu season has a far different profile than last year's: it began earlier and the predominant circulating A strain is H1N1, the viral type that caused the pandemic in 2009-2010 but hasn't made much of an appearance for the last few years.

The best protection against the flu is the flu shot, but is it too late to get vaccinated?

"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", he explained. Those who are sick should not go to work or school, and are encouraged to stay home instead.

In addition to the inoculation, Kaiser urges everyone to wash their hands frequently and avoid getting close to someone who is ill. Healthcare workers should also get the vaccine to protect themselves and those that they care for.

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