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

The flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora Colorado

Although flu cases are climbing, the numbers are still well behind those reported at this time previous year, when the nation was in the midst of one of its most severe flu seasons on record.

"What I can tell you is that the people who have been hospitalized and the deaths that were associated with the flu this year are people who have not been immunized, a majority of them have not been immunized", said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health for New Brunswick.

There have been at least two deaths, according to Ottawa Public Health, both involving adults over the age of 65 - one in November and one in December.

An estimated 80,000 people died during the 2017-2018 flu season, according to the CDC.

Shahab said immunization rates for kids should be higher.

It marks the second flu-related death reported so far in Riverside County after a 60-year-old Riverside man died from flu-related complications in November.

"While most children do well with the flu, if they are home [recovering] for three or four days, if the signs of symptoms progress, it is important to seek urgent care", Shahab said.

During the same timeframe, there were only two reported deaths from influenza a year ago. Rates, however, were higher among young children and the elderly (14.5 and 11.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 people, respectively), as these populations are more susceptible to complications of the flu.

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

The flu season is far from over though.

Flu season lasts until May. "This year's vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and it is not too late to get the vaccine".

Although the season has already begun, there is still time to get the flu shot.

The vaccine you get may also help to protect others.



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