Almost 700 confirmed cases of influenza have hit the Province of Saskatchewan, but the good news is it looks as though flu season has hit its peak.
According to the province, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 were the most affected this year, as there was about 600 cases in that age group alone.
Denise Werker, Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer, says those who have yet to get the flu shot should do so.
“Influenza vaccine is still available and people can still get immunized. There was a question around the number of does have been administered this year,” Werker says. “As of December 30th, there have been approximately 270,000 doses of vaccine given.”
Werker, Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer, says the flu can take very many forms during the flu season.
“What we do know is that even when there is a good match between the influenza strains that circulate, and those that are used in the vaccine, there’s a difference in the effectiveness of the vaccine,” Werker says. “The vaccine effectiveness is generally less for H3N2, than it is for when influenza is H1N1 or influenza B.”
The number of cases in Saskatchewan is up 80 percent from last year, something Werker says should not worry people in the province.