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"It's usually that H3N2 type and there's still other types within the vaccine which is H1N1 and the Influenza B Viruses which can still cause serious disease and you will get protection from the vaccine". Workers can't return to work until seven days after testing positive for flu.

"It takes about two weeks for the flu shot to become maximally active so that you have the most benefits from it, but it's not too late, especially as we're seeing a great increase in the amount of flu that we're having", she said.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there have been just under 8,000 cases of flu confirmed by a lab since flu season started October 1.

This is concerning for health officials, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reporting that "influenza activity increased sharply in the United States" during the second-to-last week of 2017.

Already, nine people have died from influenza this season in Manitoba, according to Manitoba Health, compared to 12 people in total a year ago. About 2,500 laboratory-confirmed cases were reported the week of Christmas, bringing the number by the end of 2017 to almost 8,000, according to an Arizona Department of Health Services report.

The restrictions were initially announced Friday after staff members began seeing more patients than usual with the influenza virus and similar symptoms of respiratory illness, both in the emergency room and in an inpatient setting.

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"Dr. Gonzalez says January and February are the peak of flu season. Our population is frail and many of them will not make it through an influenza outbreak", said Kellie Gallegly, Executive Director at Village at Sydney Creek.

Across the country, there have been more than 13,000 confirmed cases of flu, about six times more than the number reported around the same time past year, according to media reports.

"The benefits of having the vaccine, and having the vaccine whether it's a flawless match or not, still outweighs any risks or aversions that people may have to actually getting the vaccine", said Rusk.

Unusual had some other advice.

Even if you feel you are strong enough to tough it out and still work or go to school while sick, you could still infect others whose immune systems aren't as strong. "Wash your hands and cover your sneezes", she said.