Last year, the flu killed more than 80,000 Americans, including a record 185 children. Data suggests that more people got vaccinated earlier this year than they did last year, perhaps motivated by memories of the prior season.
This is due in part to H1N1, known as the swine flu, being the dominant strain this year.
A four-year-old died from complications stemming from influenza - the first pediatric flu-related death in Riverside County this season, health officials said Wednesday. While Mema says it's close to being the peak of the flu season, it can stick around well into March.
Maine ended the 2017-18 flu season with 9,018 cases and 82 deaths, the Maine CDC reported, the worst flu season in at least five years.
A medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle on January 11, 2018.
"We're really just now getting into our flu season", said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario, noting that the proportion of tests on people with respiratory bugs that came back positive for influenza had doubled to 16 per cent in the week ending December 29, compared to eight per cent the week before.
Experts said that this year's flu vaccination is a good match to the strains in circulation and it is not too late to get vaccinated.now most cases involve influenza A, last year it was influenza B that was heavily dominant. H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain. Flu shots are $20 for everyone age 2 and older.
The best protection against the flu is the flu shot, but is it too late to get vaccinated? "Flu activity can last until April or May and the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you from influenza".
Officials did not release the child's age, gender and hometown.