First case of flu confirmed in the city

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This year, the majority of flu vaccines being offered in the community protect against two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B, the release said.

The early start to the flu season was partly to blame for filling emergency rooms with flu-infected people, the Public Health Agency of Canada has said. This year's vaccine is well matched to the circulating strains of flu and a lot of vaccine is available, Brammer added.

Unfortunately, doctors say there is no one sure fire way to prevent anyone from getting the flu, but a vaccine and some good practices can keep you from getting stuck on the couch. The agency noted more children became ill than usual.

According to the CDC website, vaccines are recommended to contain H1N1, H3N2 and Victoria lineage-all different types of influenza.

Although prevention isn't always effective, she says it's pretty simple.

Thankfully, health officials say there haven't been any pediatric deaths from the flu in Pennsylvania so far this season.

Flu season has officially begun.

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A new form of vaccine has come in the form of a nasal spray, and has been recommended for healthy, non-pregnant persons ages 2-49.

Absolutely, local flu activity is steadily rising.

"Older people may have been infected with cousins of H1N1 years ago, and that gives them residual protection", Schaffner said.

"It wasn't that it was a particularly bad virus that if you got it you were more likely to die than in previous years". Since then, cases have declined, said Dr. Jia Hu, Alberta Health Services medical officer of health for the Calgary zone.

Avoid close contact with sick people.

Stay home when you are sick. All visitors are urged to wash their hands before and after their visits. "Frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or a sleeve can also reduce the spread of influenza".

People who are elderly, young and those who already have underlying conditions are most at-risk of contractingt he highly-contagious virus.