This year, the onslaught of a particularly deadly strain of the flu virus may lead to a harsher flu season than usual.

The strain, H3N2, showed a high level of resistance to vaccines in Australia, and is expected to continue to do so in Canada.

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So far, this year, the vaccine has only helped prevent the flu in 10% of people inoculated. Usually, the vaccine helps protect 40-50%.

The virus has already started attacking Canadians.

This year, already the virus has killed five people in the Calgary area. There have also been outbreaks in Southern Ontario.

As a result, hospitals are getting ready for a major increase in flu cases during the holiday season.

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