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B.C. sees mild flu season

03/07/2012 03:09 EST | Updated 05/07/2012 05:12 EDT

Influenza activity throughout the B.C. has been down this winter, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

"We haven't seen the usual steeple-shaped curve, epidemic curve, that you get with influenza during the winter period," said Dr. Danuta Skowronski with the B.C. CDC.

"Instead, this year we have just a pretty mild season."

Skowronski says this year's flu statistics are quite surprising.

"We use school outbreaks to herald — it gives typically a couple of weeks advance notice of generalized community spread and we haven't really had school outbreaks," she said.

"This year we have just ongoing, grumbling, low-level boring activity."

Skowronski can't say why the flu has been so mild this year, but says it's possible the population picked up some form of cross-virus resistance because of the H1N1 pandemic in 2009.

But she adds flu season lasts until the end of April, so there is still a chance illness levels could spike.

Influenza generally comes on suddenly and hits hard. Symptoms include feeling weak and tired, aching joints, chills, severe headaches, sore throat and running a fever as high as 40 C.

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