Death toll in ‘severe’ flu season hits 23

The death toll has jumped to 23 across the London area as a brutal flu season continues to gain steam across the region.

Four more flu-related deaths and 30 new hospitalizations were reported to health officials last week - writes lfpress.com.

“The current influenza season is proving to be a severe one in both the Middlesex-London area and across Canada,” the Middlesex-London Health Unit said in a statement.

The flu has claimed 23 lives and hospitalized 244 people in Middlesex and London since Sept.1. It’s been something of a one-two punch, with both strains A and B striking the area during winter months. Influenza B — the bulk of the cases so far this year — typically doesn’t hit until March or April.

The health unit is urging Londoners who haven’t yet rolled up their sleeves to get the flu shot, widely available at pharmacies.

Health officials are calling on everyone to practise good hygiene — think lots of hand washing — to keep the flu at bay.

“Handwashing is an effective way to prevent many illnesses, ­including influenza. Local residents should stay home when they feel sick, cover coughs and sneezes, and . . . disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently,” the health unit said.

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