Here's what you need to know about flu season

Pearl Mccarthy
January 9, 2019

"It can really affect the lungs and affect our ability to get oxygen in our bodies, and that's what primarily the fatalities have been caused by his severe breathing problems", he says. Since September, Ottawa Public Health has recorded 77 lab-confirmed cases of the flu, similar to the amount seen at the same time a year ago.

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and old, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases.

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

"The graph of flu activity in our hospital is just increasing", he explains. Typically, the Atlantic province begins seeing a surge of flu in late December, following the close-quarters socializing of the Christmas holidays when the virus finds lots of hosts to infect.

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With illness spreading and months of flu season left to go, experts still recommend getting a flu shot. Eighty-five per cent of children admitted to intensive care because of the flu are under the age of 10, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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

While H1N1-predominant seasons tend to be milder overall at the population level compared to those characterized primarily by H3N2, individuals who get hit with either strain won't detect much of a difference - both bring on fever, cough, general malaise and achy muscles and joints, she said from Vancouver. Hospitals do not offer flu shots or routinely test for the flu. 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.

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