Most cases occurred in people under age 65.
"While most children do well with the flu, if they are home [recovering] for three or four days, if the signs of symptoms progress, it is important to seek urgent care", Shahab said.
The severity of last year's flu season, which killed an estimated 80,000 people, may be one of the reasons behind the slow start to the 2018-2019 season.
Cameron Kaiser said the victim had not received a flu shot and did not have any known pre-existing health disorders.More news: Only I could have done Gully Boy, says Ranveer Singh
Last season at that point, 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported. The flu has resulted in up to five deaths of children across the country.
"We're really just now getting into our flu season", said Dr. Michelle Murti of Public Health Ontario, noting that the proportion of tests on people with respiratory bugs that came back positive for influenza had doubled to 16 per cent in the week ending December 29, compared to eight per cent the week before.
The HSE has urged all people in at-risk groups for the flu to get vaccinated if they have not done so already.
Limerick-based Dr Kevin Kelleher, the assistant national director in health protection, said that flu levels are likely to increase over the coming weeks when the flu begins to actively circulate in the community.More news: Nearly Twice As Many People Watched Trump’s Speech On Fox News
Other tests called rapid molecular assays can also take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and they detect the actual genetic material of the flu virus, according to the CDC.
"This year's vaccine is a good match for the strains of flu that are circulating and it is not too late to be vaccinated".
The doctor said only 35 per cent of children aged six months to 23 months have been immunized.
While it's best to get one early in the season, it's never too late - and doing so may protect not only you, but also children, the elderly and other vulnerable populations, experts say.More news: Adam Gase Hired As Jets Head Coach
Note to readers: This is a corrected story.