The risk of developing complications is higher in those who are over the age of 65 or those who have chronic medical conditions like heart disease and asthma, according to the CDC. In the last week there were 16 hospitalizations, bringing the season's total to 53.
The hospital has not set a date when they anticipate to lift the restriction, but said that they will continue monitoring news about the flu season and then assess whether it will be safe to welcome children visitors back.
No other details regarding the child's death have been released at this time.
Ontario got off to slower start to the season compared to Alberta, for instance, which began getting hit with the respiratory illness in late October, early November.
The 2017/2018 influenza season was considered one of high severity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with high rates of emergency department visits and widespread flu activity over an extended period. A total of 13 children have died due to the flu.
From Dec. 23 to 29, 2019, the province reported 64 new influenza cases, including one death and one ICU admission.
"There is high flu activity throughout the state so it's important for those who have not yet gotten a flu shot - especially health care workers - to get one", the state department of health reminded residents. H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain.
The HSE has urged all people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated if they have not done so already.
Flu vaccine critics, including naturopathy practitioners, argue that mercury, detergents and other additives sometimes packed into the shots can do more harm than good.
"Don't linger. Run, do not walk, and get your influenza vaccine because it does take 10 days to 2 weeks for the body to build up its maximum protection", said Schaffner. A previous version misstated the age of children affected by the flu in a quote from Dr. Danuta Skowronski.