The majority of the confirmed cases of the flu were between the ages of 18 and 49.
The Brant Community Healthcare System received funding in November for an additional 32 temporary beds at The Willett in Paris to deal with flu season, which will free up beds at BGH if there is an increase in admissions due to flu.
A health representative from Tippecanoe County said they did not want to comment. "It's less likely for those without chronic diseases, but it's still a possibility". "Wash your hands and get your vaccination". "You can still get the flu, no vaccine is ideal".
The potential for lower vaccine effectiveness makes it even more important that Canadians take "other measures" to protect themselves against the flu, she said, including handwashing, coughing into your sleeve, disposing of used tissues, and staying home when you're sick.
An unusually bad flu season predicted by some experts hasn't hit the Brantford area. But the symptoms will be milder and probably have a shorter duration. Vaccination is offered at a variety of pharmacies as well as health care providers and clinics.
Each Friday, the Kane County Health Department releases statistics providing an overview of influenza within the county. "Last year, Mohave County experienced a similar spike in activity as this same time, and it did end up being our peak activity".
The first Swine Flu death this month was reported on January 4. There have been four outbreaks of influenza at long-term care/assisted living facilities in the county.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports widespread flu activity in 46 states, and officials predict the season could be as severe as 2014-15.
"The virus we're giving them is dead, it's virtually impossible to get the flu from a vaccine", de Lota said.
Harding said the flu can be especially rough, and even fatal, on the elderly, the very young or patients with certain other medical conditions. Byrne says, "It's a high fever, usually over a hundred degrees, with a severe headache and body aches, and extreme fatigue that can last up to three weeks; and you could have a cough".