Last week, news of the H1N1 flu outbreak dominated the news. With a total of 17,743 confirmed cases so far, most of us are in a panic worrying about when or where the flu will strike next.
TL;DR The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported six children have died so far this season due to the H1N1 virus. At least 95 more children have been admitted to ICU for treatment, with health officials advising Canadians that it isn't too late to get the flu shot.
For Canadians that haven't been vaccinated against the virus yet, you're definitely at a higher risk of contracting the illness. Although in most cases those infected have been able to recover, some people who were more vulnerable to the flu have unfortunately passed away.
As of now, at least six children have died in Canada after contracting the H1N1 flu virus. All of them were less than 10 years old. 95 children were also sent to the ICU between December 30 and January 5.
Health officials are still advising Canadians to get their flu shot.
Canada isn't the only country suffering from the virus outbreak. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 84,000 Americans have been hospitalized after contracting the flu within the last 3 months, according to The Weather Network.
Symptoms of the flu virus include fever, cough, and achy muscles and joints. It's important that children are taken to the hospital immediately if they begin to display these patterns.
Health officials are also asking Canadians to stay home from work or school if they exhibit flu-like symptoms. With children being extremely vulnerable to the virus, you might want to consider that last-minute flu shot.
Stay tuned for more updates on the H1N1 outbreak in Canada