Between 4,000 and 8,000 Canadians die each year from complications of flu and about 20,000 people are hospitalized.
She says over the past few years, Buffalo and Erie County have seen an abnormally low number of influenza cases. The state is also seeing regional flu activity.
Virginia is considered one of just seven states across the country with widespread flu activity and it is still very early in this season.
The state Health Department says influenza is now prevalent in NY state, which means health care workers who haven't had a flu shot must wear procedural masks around patients. "So if you need to be out and about running errands and meeting up with friends and family, it's wise to protect yourself-and them-as best you can".
But this year's flu shot may not be up to the task. Earlier projections from the World Health Organization's earlier projections of deaths from seasonal flu - 250,000 to 500,000 per year - "are outdated", according to the study published Wednesday in The Lancet.
Over the past week in North Dakota, there were 104 new cases of the flu.
According to Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health, seasonal influenza, "the flu", has arrived with lab confirmed cases of Influenza A in local long-term care homes, as well as within the community.
Since November 1, SSM Health in St. Louis reports its hospitals and outpatient centers saw 193 positive influenza tests among patients, with approximately one-third of those cases occurring from November 26 through December 2. Experts also say you should not go to work or school if you have a fever. "People who are immune compromised, the elderly, and the young need this protection".
Last week, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases made an urgent plea for better vaccines in the New England Journal of Medicine, saying "longer-term, transformative vaccine approaches are needed to minimise influenza-related morbidity and mortality". People can also become infected by touching surfaces or objects contaminated with influenza viruses and then touching their eyes, mouth or nose.
The county reminds its residents there is no live virus in flu shots and the vaccine can not cause the flu.
Flu viruses change from year to year, so it's important to get a flu shot each flu season.