At least one, possibly two children dead from flu in Guelph area

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"Yes. It has been confirmed by the coroner that the second death was flu-related", WDG Public Health manager of communications Chuck Ferguson said in an email response to a Mercury Tribune inquiry.

Public Health Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph confirms one influenza-related death, and one suspected influenza-related death of elementary school children in their territory.

Authorities have not said where in Guelph, Wellington County or Dufferin County the students live. "In the last week we have seen the highest number of new cases as well as the highest school absenteeism this season". It is available through pharmacies, health care providers and public health clinics.

Christopher Beveridge, the health protection director for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, said there have been "quite a few" institutional out breaks this flu season.

"Protect yourself and your family with the flu shot now", said Mercer.

A Canadian study estimates a 42 per cent effectiveness of the flu vaccine, with a 17 per cent effectiveness against the A (H3N2) strain and an effectiveness of 55 per cent against influenza B. Phone lines will be open on Friday till 7pm and Saturday until 7pm.

For more information you can call the WDGPH at 1-800-265-7293 until 7pm on Friday and from 10am-2pm on Saturday.

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