More than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, "We strongly encourage anyone who has not yet gotten the flu vaccine to get one immediately to combat this significant threat to public health". It went from local to regional flu activity in the past week.
It's not too late for parents to get their children the flu shot, she said.
At this time a year ago, there were 2,400 fewer confirmed flu cases in Canada overall - and only 26 children had been hospitalized. "Flu season is in full-swing, and as the number of cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, we must do everything we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones". "It's an inactivated virus vaccine so there really is no way that you're going to get sick from the flu shot, so look around you and see how many people are already sick at the time you get your flu shot", said Reynolds. Influenza vaccines are available with a wide range of options for different age groups i.e. children aged 6 months and above and adults aged 65 and above.
CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions, like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing, to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat and lungs) illnesses, like flu.More news: Inter supporter dies from wounds suffered in pre-match incident
Anna Madison, a spokesperson for the Public Health Agency of Canada, told told Ireland there are likely a couple of reasons.
The flu vaccine can be given to children with either a needle or nasal spray.
It covers the current market size of the Flu Vaccine (Influenza Vaccine) Sales along with the growth rate over the years.
Dr. Williams says for anyone anxious about getting the flu or having other negative reactions due to getting the flu shot - don't.
"People should talk to their doctor or pharmacist about getting a flu vaccination for themselves and other family members", he stated.More news: Michelle Obama tops Hillary Clinton as America's most admired woman
"[It's] likely to be much, much better than previous year", he said.
For more information on scheduling and the cost of the shot, visit website.
The good news is that 28 states (Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) experienced minimal flu activity, as of December 15, 2018.
When their children are sick, parents should watch for signs of an "acute" respiratory infection, including pneumonia.More news: Trump forces out Mattis on Jan 1, two months earlier than expected