"It's a different season, different profile".
ME had 510 confirmed influenza cases through January 5 - the latest figures available - down from 768 during the same time period in 2017-18. The risk of developing complications is higher in those who are over the age of 65 or those who have chronic medical conditions like heart disease and asthma, according to the CDC. That's more than double the 195 logged during the same period in 2017.
Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU. "This is a tragic reminder that the flu can still kill and that children are particularly susceptible to the illness".
IH is preparing to release a public service announcement, encouraging the public to get vaccinated. It was last seen during the 2015-16 season.
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.
Two more people have died from the flu in San Diego County, bringing this season's total to 11, according to County News Center. Flu shots are $20 for everyone age 2 and older.
The swine flu is the main strain of virus circulating.
"If someone has the flu, they can stay home, get hydrated, maybe visit their family doctor".
Experts say it takes about two weeks to build up immunity against the virus after getting vaccinated.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. There were about 80,000 estimated deaths, including 180 children - the most since the CDC started using its latest surveillance procedures. It also misstated the percentage of children that make up B.C.'s population.