Four flu-related deaths in Medina County this season

Ebony Scott
January 10, 2019

The death toll is lower, too, having reached a total of 91 at this point last season.

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.

This is due in part to H1N1, known as the swine flu, being the dominant strain this year.

Just last week, the Indiana Department of Public Health said flu activity is now "high" and "widespread" across the state.

There have been 6 deaths this season likely directly linked to flu.

That year, Clark County didn't enter active flu season until the end of January, and stayed above the 10 percent threshold until spring.

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"For those of us who are not infected yet and haven't gotten the shot, you should get the flu shot now", Melnick said. It was last seen during the 2015-16 season.

County residents can get vaccinated at doctors' offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county's public health centers.

"We are seeing the shift from the elderly people in the last couple of years, while this year is more of a younger demographic", said Dr. Silvina Mema, Interior Health Medical Health Officer.

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. Healthcare workers should also get the vaccine to protect themselves and those that they care for. "Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes".

Officials did not release the child's age, gender and hometown. Bankole also said that after the 2009 outbreak of H1N1, people developed improved natural immunity to the virus, which means symptoms tend to be milder even for people who contract the flu.

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