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Flu season underway, not too late to get your flu shot

05 January 2019

As the number of flu cases spikes in New Brunswick, health professionals are sounding the alarm that not enough people are getting the flu shot.

In 1918, H1N1 flu killed 50 million people around the world.

While Allison had mild asthma, about half of children who die from the flu are otherwise healthy, according to the CDC. "There were just a lot more cases", she said.

The report said most colds don't result in more serious health problems that lead to hospital visits. It said it had received a report of the death of a child under the age of 18 from flu, but had no more details. When that strain predominated, almost 1 million Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 80,000 people died nationwide last flu season from the illness, which was the highest death toll in at least four decades.

"We got ours in September because we were going on vacation and we wanted to make sure we were covered", Hemshrot said. Most of these hospitalizations have been young children.

Flu season has officially begun. "I expect activity to continue for several more weeks". You can get a vaccine at any time, but officials recommend getting it as soon as possible. Still, most Albertans don't get vaccinated.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the number of weekly flu-related hospitalizations remains far below figures in previous years. The deaths this season have been associated with a mix of H1N1, H3N2 and influenza B virus infections.

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At-risk groups include people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and those with chronic illnesses.

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She lost her 6-year-old daughter, Allison Eaglespeaker, to flu on December 1. The bad news is that there's a long way to go.

"The predominant strain now circulating is H1N1, which is affecting younger age groups more than strains that have circulated in previous years".

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Flu season underway, not too late to get your flu shot