Here's what you need to know about flu season

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"It's a different season, different profile". According to the hospital's press release, the ban will take effect on Wednesday and last "for the remainder of this flu season".

Officials say there are many, many more people sick with influenza. Just 13 per cent of lab-confirmed flu cases were among children under four in Ottawa, compared with 47 per cent among seniors over 65. That's more than double the 195 logged during the same period in 2017. "Viral season has begun in Wisconsin and we want to implement this restriction in advance of any increase of viral illnesses in our community".

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"The graph of flu activity in our hospital is just increasing", he explains.

"So we're probably on track to coming up to more of our peak activity in the next couple of weeks or so".

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"What I can tell you is that the people who have been hospitalized and the deaths that were associated with the flu this year are people who have not been immunized, a majority of them have not been immunized", said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health for New Brunswick. The child lived in the central region of New Jersey and passed away in December. H3N2, the strain largely responsible for last year's outbreak, has so far been less common than the H1N1 strain.

Federal health officials say it's still not too late to get a flu shot.

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"So there is no reason why people should not get the flu shot this year". Data suggests that more people got vaccinated earlier this year than they did last year, perhaps motivated by memories of the prior season. While it's best to get one early in the season, it's never too late - and doing so may protect not only you, but also children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations, experts say.

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