Why this year's flu is hitting kids hard
2019-01-11 from cbc.ca
The burden of the flu is falling heavily on young children this year — an age group that traditionally shows low vaccination rates, Canadian doctors say.
The H1N1 strain of influenza is the main one circulating this year. As in the 2009-2010 pandemic, H1N1 tends to target children and younger adults, according to infectious disease experts.
"Bottom line is that this one has a bigger impact on kids," said Dr. Sanjay Mehta, a pediatrician at Kindercare in Toronto. "So this is the year where we're potentially going to see more death and devastation from it."
Flu infections bring fever, cough, general malaise and achy muscles and joints.
As of Dec. 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.
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