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While everybody can get the flu, undoubtedly, the H1N1 influenza strain is much unsafe to kids and young adults, but also for people with weakened immune systems.

The severity of last year's flu season, which killed an estimated 80,000 people, may be one of the reasons behind the slow start to the 2018-2019 season. Danuta M. Skowronski, epidemiologist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, poses for a photograph in Vancouver, B.C., on August 19, 2008.

Some people shouldn't get the flu shot, like those with severe, life-threatening allergies to flu vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine. Because older people have a diminished immune response, the high dose trivalent vaccine is recommended for those 65 or older, and for those with chronic health conditions who may have less immunity.

"It's a different season, different profile". Here is everything you need to know about H1N1 flu.

Q: How do you and your team measure how well the vaccine is protecting people against the flu in a given year?

Jennifer Thomas, nursing director and administrator at the Mason County Health Department, said flu season can begin as early as September and last as long as April. That's more than double the activity of the previous week.

Vaccines are not 100 percent effective at preventing the flu, but those vaccinated will have fewer complications, Schlueter said.

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Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU.

Hastings Prince Edward health unit manager of communicable diseases Bill Sherlock says, of the 24 cases reported in Quinte, only three were children. (Lab-confirmed cases represent a small percentage of all flu cases, often just the ones that require hospitalization).

A young child who died after testing positive for influenza is the first pediatric-flu associated death in Riverside County this flu season, health officials said Wednesday. However, he's expecting another two to four weeks of transmission.

There have been 11 deaths reported this flu season compared to 91 at this point during the 2017-18 season. "The number of cases peaked in Calgary around mid-November and now they're quite a bit lower".

Since Dec. 1, Piedmont Newnan has experienced an increase in influenza cases in both the emergency room and in patients being admitted.

Authorities say flu activity across New Jersey is high, so it's important for those who have not yet done so to get a flu shot. The H1N1 virus generally produces milder infections like Australia had last season.

Quinton didn't receive an influenza vaccination, his father says, because the school program that was supposed to give him his flu shot didn't follow through.


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