Two children who attended the same school in Guelph, Ont. have died from the flu, but public health officials say there is no indication the virus passed between them.
Layna Vu Pollard, a Grade 7 student, was the first fatality. She started showing flu-like symptoms on January 29, according to her parents.
Officials said Bobby Smylie was rushed to the hospital on February 4, and died of bacterial pneumonia.
"It's a memory that will go into your brain for the rest of your life - when you're trying to rescue your daughter and she hasn't closed her eyes and she's staring at you..." he said.
But anyone "should see their doctor if they have any concerns", he said.
He wanted to point out that his daughter did not receive a flu shot but believes that it would not have saved her even if she had.
Westminster Woods student died less than two days after showing flu symptoms.
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph can confirm one influenza-related death and one suspected influenza-related death of elementary school children in the region.
Influenza is a serious respiratory infection, said Dr. Nicola Mercer, medical officer of health and CEO of WDG Public Health, and the flu season is not over.
This year's flu vaccine is considered 10 to 20 per cent effective against the H3N2 strain, and 55 per cent effective at preventing this year's dominant influenza B strain.
"Protect yourself and your family with the flu shot right now", Mercer said.
After Pollard's death, the school sent messages to parents recommending that students get vaccinated against influenza if they have not yet received the flu shot.
On Friday, following the second death, the Upper Grand District School Board sent a similar notice to every parent across its territory.
The school board has sent additional cleaning staff to help sanitize classrooms at schools, and made increased counselling and support services available at Westminster Woods.
Public Health is encouraging people to visit their local pharmacy or health care provider to get the flu shot.
"In the last week, we have seen the highest number of new cases as well as the highest school absenteeism this season".
Later the same day, Public Health confirmed flu was to blame for the second death.
In all, there have been 130 deaths and 3,108 hospital admissions in Canada due to flu this season.