Is it too late to get a flu shot?

Leslie Hanson
January 10, 2019

Vaccines protect against multiple flu strains.

Other tests called rapid molecular assays can also take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and they detect the actual genetic material of the flu virus, according to the CDC.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department says they are experiencing an uptick in hospitalizations due to the flu.

With illness spreading and months of flu season left to go, experts still recommend getting a flu shot.

December 9 to December 15, 4 out of 132 (3 percent) laboratory specimens tested positive for influenza, according to the most recent county data.

This year's flu season has been rough, with the CDC reporting the flu is widespread in 24 states, with 19 states reporting high levels of flu activity.

Generally, once positivity rates start rising, they keep rising until flu season begins to taper off in the spring.

Indeed, the BCCDC's surveillance of lab-confirmed cases of flu show that about one-third of all H1N1 detections so far this season have been in children nine years of age or younger, even though kids in that age range make up just 10 per cent of the province's population.

Flu season lasts until May. So far 97 percent of the positive tests have been for influenza Type A, which causes more serious complications and symptoms than influenza B, Melnick said.

The 2017-18 flu season was one of the worst in the USA, according to the CDC. A previous version misstated the age of children affected by the flu in a quote from Dr. Danuta Skowronski.

People with symptoms should stay at home and children should not attend school if showing signs of flu, he said. It was last seen during the 2015-16 season. Melnick said it's still too early to tell how effective this season's flu shot has been.

"I started feeling, 'Oh my gosh, we've got to get this done, ' " she said.

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