Peak flu season claims 3 Sask. children

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

To prevent more children from contracting the flu, a hospital in Wisconsin is temporarily restricting children under the age of 12 from visiting.

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

However, this year's flu vaccine is a good match for circulating strains and the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu.

Nearly half the cases in Ontario are the H1N1 strain which affects children, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada report. The Department of Health also recommends that people take the necessary precautions during this flu season: wash or disinfect your hands frequently, cover any coughs and sneezes, stay home and call your health care provider if you are sick (especially with a fever).

The viruses circulating this year are another reason for the milder season.

There have been 1,723 lab confirmed cases of the flu since September 1.

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Kids under the age of five have been particularly vulnerable to the flu virus this year, with a higher rate of confirmed cases based on the percentage of the population.

During the last week of December, Marion County emergency room visits related to influenza-like illness was at 2.70% - this is considered high.

New Brunswick's peak might come somewhat sooner, as cases there began spreading in late November.

"At the end of 2018, flu activity was high in New York City and 19 states, including most of the American southwest and New Jersey".

Traditionally, the H1N1 component is better at halting the spread of that strain of the virus, compared to H3N2, which has a greater propensity to genetically mutate, often in the manufacturing process.

"So we would like everybody who's eligible to get the vaccine", said Russell, noting that it takes about two weeks for antibodies induced by the shot to come into full effect.

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