Third flu death in Ottawa confirmed

A third Ottawa senior has died from the flu this season, according to Ottawa Public Health.

Public Health reported the deaths of two people from flu in late 2018. This week, it confirmed a third death. All three fatalities were among people over the age of 65. No other information has been released.

Last month, a three-year-old Buckingham, Que., girl died from the flu, which caused a run on influenza clinics in West Quebec.

Across the country, the flu has appeared to be harder than usual on young children this year. That has not been the case in Ottawa, where the majority of lab-confirmed cases have been among people over the age of 65.

In Ottawa, 264 cases of flu have been reported since the beginning of September. The vast majority of those lab-confirmed cases were influenza A, with slightly more H1N1 than H3N2. The median age of patients with confirmed flu cases is 55.
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