Still time to get flu shots: Sherlock

Those in at-risk groups include people aged 65 and old, pregnant women and people with chronic diseases. That applies to data collected on both adults and children.

"While most children do well with the flu, if they are home [recovering] for three or four days, if the signs of symptoms progress, it is important to seek urgent care", Shahab said.

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

As of December 29, the most recent data available from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows there were 13,796 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases across the country, with the provinces and territories reporting 1,046 hospitalizations and 24 deaths. "It's just a slow upward, so we're only at the beginning of flu season right now".

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

Flu cases last week fell to 257 from 369 the previous week.

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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.

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.

The timing of seasonal flu outbreaks vary and can begin as early as late October.

While last season's vaccine turned out to be a poor match for the circulating strains - especially for the prevailing H3N2 type - the 2018-2019 flu shot is expected to be far more effective in preventing the infectious disease.

With illness spreading and months of flu season left to go, experts still recommend getting a flu shot.

Flu vaccine critics, including naturopathy practitioners, argue that mercury, detergents and other additives sometimes packed into the shots can do more harm than good.

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