Flu activity begins to spike across country

"Flu is now beginning to circulate, and as schools reopen and people return to work we are likely to see increased levels".

- Officials announced Tuesday that the first pediatric flu death in New Jersey this influenza season has been reported to the Department of Health.

"It can really affect the lungs and affect our ability to get oxygen in our bodies, and that's what primarily the fatalities have been caused by his severe breathing problems", he says.

"This year in particular, we have expected that children under nine years of age and non-elderly adults will be disproportionately affected. children because they are less likely to have protection (built-in immunity) from prior epidemics of H1N1".

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Cadieux noted that flu season peaked early this year in Alberta, but has yet to peak in Ottawa.

As of December 29, the most recent data available from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows there were 13,796 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases across the country, with the provinces and territories reporting 1,046 hospitalizations and 24 deaths. (Lab-confirmed cases represent a small percentage of all flu cases, often just the ones that require hospitalization). Eighty-five per cent of children admitted to intensive care because of the flu are under the age of 10, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Severe complications of influenza infection include pneumonia which can lead to hospitalization and death.

"While most people will get better themselves from flu, anyone who is concerned about their condition should telephone their GP or an out of hours medical service so they can arrange to be treated in a way that does not put others at risk", he explained. Hospitals do not offer flu shots or routinely test for the flu.

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