Risk of seasonal influenza still exists

Eight people have died in Saskatchewan due to the flu this season and three of the deaths involved children in their pre-school years

Kenneth Brown
of The Crossroads

The risk of contracting the influenza virus still exists, and people could be immunized to decrease their risk of getting sick as the flu season winds down.

The ministry of health publishes weekly influenza surveillance reports and the most recent report available on Wednesday is for the week ending on Jan. 19. The statistics show a large decrease in confirmed cases since the middle to end of December.

According to health officials, a total of eight people have died in Saskatchewan due to seasonal influenza this season and three of the deaths involved children in their pre-school years. The strains circulating this flu season include the H1N1 virus and H1N1 is known to have a greater impact on young children.

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