Still time to get flu shots: Sherlock

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This was mostly among children ages 0-4 years old. Danuta M. Skowronski, epidemiologist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, poses for a photograph in Vancouver, B.C., on August 19, 2008.

Children less than two years old and adults older than 65.

Although flu cases are climbing, the numbers are still well behind those reported at this time past year, when the nation was in the midst of one of its most severe flu seasons on record.

"It's a different season, different profile".

The dominating virus this flu season is H1N1.

While there were 64 new lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported in the last week of December, it was a drastic drop from the week before which saw 294 new cases.

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Many people also don't realize how serious the effects can be. Nine other states reported "moderate" influenza activity and 10 states reported low flu activity.

Last flu season in Riverside County, the deaths of 23 people aged 64 or younger were linked with the flu, according to the release.

This interactive was updated on January 9, 2019 to include the most recent data from the previous week.

Seventy-one of those kids had to be admitted to the ICU.

So far, the flu has claimed the lives of 13 Oklahomans and led to 331 hospitalizations statewide, according to the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

"If you haven't had your flu shot yet, you should run, not walk, to go get your flu shot", said Dr. Kolawole Bankole, director/administrator of Portland Public Health.

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Two additional flu deaths were reported in San Diego County last week, bringing this season's total to 11, but overall flu activity was down from the previous week and a year ago at this time according to the County Health and Human Services Agency.

Women who are pregnant or during the first two weeks after giving birth.

The timing of seasonal flu outbreaks vary and can begin as early as late October.

According to health officials, in comparison with the flu season of 2018, this year's epidemic started slower, so there's still enough time for everyone to get the flu shot. Talk with your health care provider if you have concerns about getting the flu vaccine.

Even though H1N1 influenza strain is of the same category as the swine flu virus that caused the pandemic ten years ago, the virologists are not as concerned as they were a decade ago. This is why sometimes people are advised to get another flu shot in the later part of the influenza season.

"Oftentimes people with the flu don't know they're sick and can (spread it) before they start having symptoms", said Angie Dickson, infection prevention manager at Providence.

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The hospital also encourages the public to get their flu shots as soon as possible.

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