Compare that to 219 deaths in the winter of 2016-17.
It can take up to two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body, however, so the sooner you get vaccinated, the better.
In most cases people feel better after a week.
"We are also seeing a lot of people dying from the flu", Alvarez said.
Category A, is a further broken down into specific strains of the virus, and one of these is H3N2.
While the flu shot isn't always effective, doctors say if you catch the flu and have had the shot the symptoms may be less severe.
Between 2003 - 2013 H3N2 caused more deaths on average than other years.
Skowronski described graphs illustrating flu activity as looking like a church steeple - with a sudden rise, a peak and then a sharp decline.
What is the "Aussie flu" outbreak?
It's as a new heatmap puts part of our county in the red for the number of reported cases of flu-like bugs.
If you do get the flu, it's prudent to see a doctor within 48 hours, according to Berg.
- A spike in flu cases in NY and across the country has health officials urging people to get influenza vaccine if they haven't done so already.
The flu could hit Pennsylvania hard the next three months.
A proclamation said the health care facilities are overwhelmed by the number of ill patients and taxed to such an extent that care of patients may no longer be provided "in the traditional, normal and customary manner".
"We need to be prepared, alert and flexible".
The flu rate in Scotland has more than doubled over the past week.
"Unfortunately, I'm not sure that they guessed too well this year since we are seeing so much", Grayson said.
"Most of the things that provide symptomatic relief are probably OK", Townes says. Whitehead said you are the first line of defense in protecting yourself from contracting the virus.
Have you got a fever, a cough or a sore throat?
Taking paracetamol or ibuprofen can also help to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains. "If you have a high-risk condition, do not forget to keep a safe distance from individuals who have flu-like symptoms". "Like shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, coughing", Chen said.
The last major outbreak of the deadly H1N1 flu virus was in 1918 at the close of WW1.