"Influenza season generally begins in October and can last through May, with peak activity usually between December and February", said Durham.
Another Saskatchewan life has been lost due to influenza, bringing the province's total number of flu-related deaths to six since September 1, 2018.
Doctors say it could get worse.
THE HSE has urged Limerick people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated, as the number of cases are expected to increase in the coming weeks.
"The graph of flu activity in our hospital is just increasing", he explains. Thirteen children have died from the flu so far this season.
It is not too late to get the flu shot, for those who have not done so yet. The return of the quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV4) by The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the CDC is expected to enlarge and improve protection and coverage. The predominant strain now circulating is H1N1, which is affecting younger age groups more than strains that have circulated in previous years.
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Health officials in Oklahoma County say a local resident had died from the flu. "Prescription flu medicine started early can shorten the duration of symptoms", Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), told Healthline. Persons who already have the flu can help prevent the spread of the illness by staying home and allowing time to recover, covering their mouths and not sharing drinks.
Influenza is a respiratory illness that can cause fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue.
The County Health and Human Services Agency publishes the weekly Influenza Watch report, which tracks key flu indicators and summarizes influenza surveillance in the region.
"The benefits of getting a flu shot are not only that you protect yourself, but you're protecting others around you too", Price said. To shorten wait times, you can also schedule a flu shot at a time convenient for you by calling 419-774-4700. "So what we like to say, 'It's really not all about you'".
The CDC warns individuals that flu symptoms come on suddenly.
Regular hand washing, getting the flu shot, and sneezing into your arm rather than your hand are important preventive measures.