While such a good match doesn't guarantee that this year's flu vaccine will be effective, it is a very good sign. For adults, flu deaths are estimated based on pneumonia and other illnesses related to flu.
Many people thought the flu season was over, however, it was never officially announced as being over and Waters said a second wave of the H1N1 influenza strain hit about three weeks ago.
Over the past five seasons, the end-of-season hospitalization rates have ranged from 31.4 per 100,000 (2015-2016) to 102.8 per 100,000 (2017-2018).
So far in January, the practice has tested 208 people for the flu with 93 testing positive for Influenza A. Of those testing positive, 70 percent had not received a flu shot. "We just don't know, nor can we predict why some people die of the flu", he says.
For young children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems, the flu virus can be deadly, and it isn't always obvious who is vulnerable.
Warner said it's not too late to get vaccinated since the flu season is likely to continue into April.
She said that across the four western Canadian provinces, about 30 to 40 per cent of the entire population opted to get the vaccine this year. In fact, studies show that flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu illness by up to 60 percent.
The Maine CDC says residents should also be vigilant about washing their hands, covering their mouths when they cough and staying home when they are sick.
Another popular myth on social media is that the vaccine is developed to only protect against the previous year's flu strain.
Canadian researchers say this season's influenza vaccine appears to have reduced the risk of infection with the dominate circulating flu strain by 72 per cent - far higher than what was seen with last year's shot.
A seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged six months and older.
The decline is influenced by several factors, including the antigen used in the vaccine, the age of the person being vaccinated, and the person's general health (for example, certain chronic health conditions may have an impact on immunity). "So, there has been quite a few young people have ended up in ICU".