Kaiser noted it's not too late to get vaccinated against influenza. "I think this year we can anticipate that emergency rooms, out-patient visits will be greater because younger people are being affected by H1N1, but the overall impact of serious outcomes should be less this year compared to the last couple of seasons". It was last seen during the 2015-16 season.
The flu spreads "mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk". There were about 80,000 estimated deaths, including 180 children - the most since the CDC started using its latest surveillance procedures.
Flu symptoms usually come on suddenly instead of slowly developing and are characterized by chills, body aches, fatigue and a headache.
County residents can get vaccinated at doctors' offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county's public health centers. "Vaccination goes a long way to reducing symptoms".
Hafiz said the flu shot does not cause an illness.
His mother, Kelly Hazenfield, said she fears the flu will "ramp up" in local schools.
The Canadian health agency reports 43% of the cases in Ontario so far this season are children, compared to about 20% a year ago. Children, pregnant women, and the elderly are among the highest risk groups for flu-related complications.
Kids under the age of five have been particularly vulnerable to the flu virus this year, with a higher rate of confirmed cases based on the percentage of the population. However, it does not count people who deal with the illness alone and do not report their symptoms.
The province said that although the flu season has reached its peak, it will still take two to four weeks before the virus starts to settle down, and health officials are still encouraging people to get their flu shot. School absenteeism because of the flu is reported weekly.
14 out of 205 (7 percent) laboratory specimens tested positive for influenza.
December 9 to December 15, 4 out of 132 (3 percent) laboratory specimens tested positive for influenza, according to the most recent county data.