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Flu-related death toll in Saskatchewan reaches 11: Ministry of Health

According to the Saskatchewan's Ministry of Health, 11 people have died so far in the 2018-19 flu season, including four preschoolers.
According to the Saskatchewan's Ministry of Health, 11 people have died so far in the 2018-19 flu season, including four preschoolers. File / Global News

There have been 11 influenza-related deaths in Saskatchewan so far this flu season.

According to the province’s Ministry of Health on Feb. 13, four of those deaths were preschoolers and the rest were adults.

READ MORE: Preschoolers in Sask. at greatest risk of catching latest influenza strain

During the 2017-18 flu season, there was a total of 16 influenza-related deaths.

Here is a breakdown of influenza-related deaths in Saskatchewan since 2013.
Here is a breakdown of influenza-related deaths in Saskatchewan since 2013. Graphic

According to the ministry, there are a number of factors that will contribute to the severity of a season, including the strain and the age group it affects.

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Influenza is caused by a virus that spreads easily through coughing, sneezing and direct contact with nose and throat secretions.

READ MORE: 6 flu-related deaths in Sask. since September, including 3 young children

Anyone six months of age and older can receive the free flu vaccine in the province.

WATCH: Four dead as flu season hits Saskatchewan early (December 2018)

Four dead as flu season hits Saskatchewan early
Four dead as flu season hits Saskatchewan early
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