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Is it too late to get a flu shot?

10 January 2019

A medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle on January 11, 2018.

The number of deaths due to pneumonia and influenza were at or above epidemic levels for 16 straight weeks during the 2017/18 flu season.

Flu season lasts until May. "This is a tragic reminder that the flu can still kill and that children are particularly susceptible to the illness".

"It's a different season, different profile". Nationally, 80,000 people in that age group died after contracting the virus.

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

No other details regarding the child's death have been released at this time.

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

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The flu is making its rounds in nearly every state around the country and more people are coming down with the common flu symptoms.

Children less than two years old and adults older than 65.

Flu activity in ME is characterized by the Centers for Disease Control as local and minimal but the numbers are growing.

New Brunswick's peak might come somewhat sooner, as cases there began spreading in late November. Thirteen children have died from the flu so far this season.

As of December 29, New Brunswick had 579 lab-confirmed cases, 577 of them influenza A and two of influenza B. Of those, 71 people were hospitalized, 15 were admitted to the ICU and there were three deaths. These tests are rapid, like the name suggests but depending on the actual strain of the virus going around they can have varying success in properly identifying the flu. H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain.

Dr Kelleher said that while most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who was concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out-of-hours medical service so they could arrange to be treated in a way that did not put others at risk.

The doctor said only 35 per cent of children aged six months to 23 months have been immunized.

Is it too late to get a flu shot?