Flu season isn't over yet, Alberta Health Services says

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But the state's Department of Health says activity was increasing last month; already nine lab-confirmed flu deaths have been reported this flu season, including one in Thurston County.

CDC officials say there were 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-2018.

Flu season, which began back in October, has officially arrived in Southwest Florida with more than 310 cases confirmed during the week of December 23, according to Lee Health.

The predominant strain this year is influenza A H1N1, which Bankole said tends to have less severe symptoms than the predominant strain circulating last season, influenza A H3N2.

Whether you got the flu shot or not, it is encouraged you go see a doctor if it lasts for more than a few days so others do not become sick.

Flu shots will also be offered at the Bellmawr Regional Health Center located at 35 Browning Road in Bellmawr on Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m.

It's not too late to get your flu shot, Prince George! Doctors believe this year's vaccine is working well.

Dr. Jia Hu said that while the number of Calgary cases peaked in November, it's still possible for another rise in cases this season. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. So, we're hoping for a better year than last year and one in which the vaccine will be about 50 to 60 percent effective.

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Trevor Phillips, Executive Chairman of hVIVO, said in a press release, "The successful achievement of statistical significance in the primary endpoints from two Phase II studies confirms that FLU-v has clinical impact in establishing immunity and disease, symptom and viral load reduction".

Each year, particularly during the winter months, millions of Americans are infected with influenza.

Flu symptoms can include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and tiredness.

The CDC reviews the effectiveness of the vaccine each year and often bases expectations on how virulent the strain was and how it was treated in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia.

More Mainers are dying from the flu.

FLU-v is a broad spectrum influenza vaccine that targets regions in the influenza virus that are conserved among many different influenza strains.

"Some years it peaks in February, sometimes it peaks in March or April", Bennett said.

Quinton's case illustrates the true cost of a disease that some people dismiss as "just the flu". Parents should keep their sick children at home so they do not spread the flu to others.

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