There have been at least two deaths, according to Ottawa Public Health, both involving adults over the age of 65 - one in November and one in December. That's more than double the 195 logged during the same period in 2017.
Officials say there are many, many more people sick with influenza. At this point in the 2017-2018 flu season, 46 states were reporting widespread flu activity, there were 13.7 flu hospitalizations per 100,000 people and nearly 6% of doctor's visits were related to the flu.
Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU. For reasons of medical privacy, the Department did not release additional information.
That's just confirmed tests.
"So we're probably on track to coming up to more of our peak activity in the next couple of weeks or so".
"I am deeply saddened for the family of this young child, who experienced an unthinkable loss", said Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal.
Nor has CHEO seen the kind of spike in influenza-related hospitalizations among children being reported in other parts of the country, said spokesman Paddy Moore. Healthcare workers should also get the vaccine to protect themselves and those that they care for. H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain.
"This year's vaccine is a good match for the strains of flu that are circulating and it is not too late to be vaccinated".
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. You can not get the flu from the flu shot, but immunity usually takes about two weeks to develop.