The number of flu cases in Saskatchewan is growing and the province’s chief medical health officer expects that to continue.
“We’ll probably see more ICU admissions and, unfortunately, deaths for the next four to six weeks before things start settling down,” said Dr. Saqib Shahab.
The province is reporting two deaths linked to the flu this year.
Saskatoon Health Region confirmed Monday that between Dec. 1 and Feb 25 they had 242 cases of flu, 45 flu-related hospitalizations. Out of concern for privacy and to adhere to provincial privacy laws, SHR does not confirm the number of patient deaths unless there are five or more deaths.
Shahab recommends seeing a doctor quickly if your condition worsens, as medication can help.
An option for fighting influenza is the flu shot which the province offers until the end of March.
Shabab explained, based on data from the past few years, the flu causes between 20 and 50 ICU admissions every year and five to 20 deaths that the province is notified of.
The dominant flu strain this year is H1N1, which is covered by the flu vaccine.