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     H3N2 flu strain raises concern with new cases found across Canada

December 30, 2014
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Hospitals across Canada should expect far more new patients as the winter flu season comes up early and swiftly. Canada's Public Health Agency says most flu cases are being found in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, with an increase in activity in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland & Labrador. The majority of flu cases this year are of the H3N2 strain, which tends to be more fatal, particularly in the elderly. Among the more than 1,100 cases in Ontario almost half of them were H3N2. At this point the strain has caused 369 hospitalizations and 19 deaths in the province. Federal health authorities say the vaccine can provide limited protection against H3N2 and other influenza strains such as H1N1. (Image source: Toronto Star)

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