An early start to the flu season in Canada doesn’t seem to be impacting Muskoka as much.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reports only four influenza cases have been confirmed in the region since the end of October. One case of Influenza A was confirmed this week. Despite the slow start, health officials are still urging residents to get the flu shot if you haven’t already.

Last year, flu season took off at the end of November and peaked between January and February with about 40 infections confirmed per week. The extended flu season also helped cause a major backlog in available hospital beds in the area at the start of 2018.

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