Flu season has come to Saskatchewan.
Since the beginning of September, there’s been 866 lab-confirmed cases, as well as 11 hospitalizations to the intensive care unit and four deaths.
That is a marked increase from last year, where there were 170 lab-confirmed cases of the disease from September 1st through December 9th.
“We don’t really focus too much on that,” said Dr. Saqib Shahab, Chief Medical Health Officer with the Ministry of Health. “Just because the curve is usually the same.”
Shahab noted this flu season started about three weeks earlier and to this point, it looks like a typical flu season, with Saskatchewan peaking just in time for the holidays.
The best defence against the disease, said Shahab, remains getting the vaccine.
“The flu vaccine is recommend for everyone who wants to get it.”
Other flu prevention practices include coughing into your sleeve or tissue and washing your hands after being out and about.