Still time to get flu shots: Sherlock

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

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

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. Since September, Ottawa Public Health has recorded 77 lab-confirmed cases of the flu, similar to the amount seen at the same time previous year.

"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.

A total of 13 children have died so far this flu season.

Twenty-four states and Guam were reporting widespread influenza activity - meaning the virus has spread to many parts of the state, regardless of severity - as of December 29, the latest date included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) weekly flu report.

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 graph of flu activity in our hospital is just increasing", he explains.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reports that 414 children under the age of 16 had to be hospitalized due to influenza across Canada since September, including 71 who had to be admitted to the ICU.

Officials did not release the child's age, gender and hometown.

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

Experts say the United States is likely in the early weeks of the flu season.

This year's flu season began in late October and is expected to last through March.

The province said that although the flu season has reached its peak, it will still take two to four weeks before the virus starts to settle down, and health officials are still encouraging people to get their flu shot.

The HSE is urging all people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated if they have not done so already.

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