At a news conference in Alberta on Thursday health officials said there have been five flu deaths this season. Only 25 percent of Albertans have had a flu shot and officials say it's not too late to get one and benefit from it.
The 2014-15 flu season took a terrible toll in Alberta as the number of deaths reached over 100 for the first time in the province's history. Overall Canada had more flu deaths than it has had in several flu seasons.
The H3N2 flu virus seems to be the primary strain going around this season. The CDC has already confirmed that this year's flu vaccine is not as effective because the H3N2 virus has already mutated, warning us this flu season may be severe.
Scientists have developed a formula that can predict the evolution of the seasonal flu for the next year. This will allow health providers to prepare and the public to be aware of the most serious instances of flu.
With mass media attention circulating around the worldwide H1N1 pandemic, little focus has been put on this season's more virulent flu variety found in the H3N2 bug. The presence of both varieties could make for a complicated flu season.