But he can tell you it's not too late to get your flu shot.
"As long as flu viruses are circulating, it is not too late to get vaccinated, even in January or later", the CDC says on its website. "It trains your body to be prepared for when it actually sees the real thing", he said, adding that it takes a couple of weeks for the vaccine to work properly. School absenteeism because of the flu is reported weekly.
With the flu, most people report a sudden onset of symptoms.
Ottawa's hospitals and Ottawa Public Health are encouraging people who think they have the flu to stay home and rest, take plenty of liquids and ibuprofen or acetaminophen for aches and fever.
This is due in part to H1N1, known as the swine flu, being the dominant strain this year. That's slightly less compared to this time a year ago, but by February of 2018, the number of flu-related deaths skyrocketed to 200.
Q: How do you and your team measure how well the vaccine is protecting people against the flu in a given year? Appointments are also now being accepted for the flu vaccine.
The flu season generally runs through the spring.
Since December 1 last, there have been 39 confirmed cases in the Mid-West, and 26 of these detections were resident in Limerick.
Maintaining healthy habits, like getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet and drinking enough water, can also help you stay healthy this flu season.
Individuals who are at the highest risk for experiencing complications of influenza include children under 2 and adults over 65.
The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is temporarily banning children under the age of 12 from visiting in order to prevent the further spread of the flu virus. While the CDC recommends that people get vaccinated against the flu by the end of October, getting a flu shot later can still be beneficial. "There is influenza virus circulating in all of our communities so if you haven't been vaccinated, you really should get with the program".
The influenza immunization is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older (if there are no medical conditions that discourage it.) For those who absolutely can not tolerate hypodermic needles, there is a jet injector available which uses a high pressure narrow stream of vaccine to penetrate the skin using compressed gas or springs.