Experts say that if you do get the flu, it will likely be less severe if you have gotten a flu shot.
MedExpress pointed to a November 29 perspective published by The New England Journal of Medicine that began: "As clinicians in the United States prepare for the start of another influenza season, experts have been watching the Southern Hemisphere winter for hints of what might be in store for us in the North. Reports from Australia have caused mounting concern, with record-high numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and outbreaks and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths". The number of cases took flu's designation from sporadic outbreaks to widespread.
"The flu virus is ever-changing", she said.
"It can be lower if you're older or very young, but that still doesn't mean you shouldn't get vaccinated", Shahab said.
"It's unusual for the same strain to go around for a second year", Shahab said.
"We haven't even hit the peak season, so this would be a flawless time for people to go out and get their flu shot", Sixberry said.
Last year's vaccine was 39% failproof when it comes to all flu viruses and just 32% effective against the H3N2 strains.
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Last year, flu remained widespread for 16 weeks, or through the beginning of April.
"And if you are feeling under the weather, it's important to stay home from school or from work so you're not infecting others, and to cover your coughs and sneezes with your arms so you're not spreading germs around, " she said.
The biggest drop in flu shot rates was seen among Hispanic adults (down 7.7 percent from last year).
Health officials say the flu vaccine seems well matched to the viruses making people sick, but it's too early to tell how bad this season will be.
Approximately 340,000 doses of vaccine were ordered by the province for this flu season; of that 250,000 doses have been administered.
The vaccine's effectiveness can vary based on what virus strains are in circulation, both doctors admitted, but say it's still better than nothing.
The Health District keeps a list online of pharmacy and drugstore locations where flu shots are available.
Patel said all three of these targeted flu strains bring about pretty much the same flu symptoms: abrupt onset of fever, head and body aches, fatigue, extreme stuffiness and sore throat. This will also prevent you from infecting other people.