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Faith Castro
January 14, 2019

"It seems more like a typical flu season", he said. And new research finds her baby then runs the risk of being born preterm, underweight and with a low "Apgar score" - a gauge of an infant's overall health.

Other ways to avoid getting a cold or the flu include washing your hands often and avoid touching your face.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is estimating some 6,150,000 - 7,280,000 influenza cases in the 2018-2019 flu season as of January 5. And almost 80,000 died, including 180 children, according to the CDC. This year's vaccine offers protection against both of these strains.

The CDC usually doesn't make those estimates until a flu season is over, but researchers have been working on the model for almost a decade and believe it is sound enough to use while the season is still going on, officials said.

As of December 29, the most recent data available from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), there were 13,796 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases across the country, with the provinces and territories reporting 1,046 hospitalizations and 24 deaths. People who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and get flu symptoms should see a health care provider early in their illness for possible treatment with a flu antiviral drug.

Eight per cent more people have had the flu shot so far this season compared to this time a year ago, according to the Ministry of Health.

Dr. Givelichian said another six children in the province have been treated for influenza in intensive-care units.

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Especially in homes with young children, Murti recommends the flu vaccine for everyone in the household, including siblings, parents and grandparents.

"It's never too late for the vaccine as long as flu is circulating - and we're just headed into peak season, not only in Montana but around the country too".

Doctors say if you have flu symptoms you need to see a doctor within three days.

"Despite the false data about vaccines' link with autism, some are understandably cautious and may falsely believe that the vaccine can be harmful", he said.

Women who aren't sure they should get a flu shot should have a discussion with a medical professional, he advised.

For more on pregnancy and flu, visit the March of Dimes.

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