01/14/2014 05:55 EST | Updated 03/16/2014 05:59 EDT

Health unit reports 2 London-area flu deaths, one under 18, other over 60

LONDON, Ont. - The Middlesex-London Health Unit is reporting two influenza A deaths — one under the age of 18 and the other over 60.

The agency said Tuesday that between Jan. 6 and 12, there were 38 lab-confirmed cases of influenza A, including the two deaths.

The health unit says they are the first reported flu-related deaths among Middlesex-London residents with confirmed influenza cases since Sept. 1, 2013.

Officials with the health unit say the presence of the flu remains elevated in the region, and there have been 115 laboratory-confirmed influenza A cases and one case of influenza B since last September.

When it comes to vaccinations, the health unit says it knows the immunization status for 97 of 116 reported cases and 78 people or 80.4 per cent of those people had not received a flu shot.