Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated

Longford people in flu risk group are urged to get vaccinated

Nationally, 80,000 people in that age group died after contracting the virus. Since September, Ottawa Public Health has recorded 77 lab-confirmed cases of the flu, similar to the amount seen at the same time past year. The 2017-2018 flu season killed the most people since the late 1970s, the CDC also said at the time.

The hospital has not set a date when they anticipate to lift the restriction, but said that they will continue monitoring news about the flu season and then assess whether it will be safe to welcome children visitors back.

Last season at that point, 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported.

Since September, PHAC says 414 children under age 16 have been hospitalized for flu, with the highest estimated rate of admission among kids under five years of age.

Ontario got off to slower start to the season compared to Alberta, for instance, which began getting hit with the respiratory illness in late October, early November. Flu activity tends to peak between December and February but can last as late as May.

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. These tests are rapid, like the name suggests but depending on the actual strain of the virus going around they can have varying success in properly identifying the flu. A total of 13 children have died due to the flu. "This year, the predominant strain we're seeing is H1N1", Shahab said.

A woman prepares to receive a flu shot on January 22, in San Francisco.

Dr Kelleher said that while most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who was concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out-of-hours medical service so they could arrange to be treated in a way that did not put others at risk.

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