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Sixty-three per cent of people with lab-confirmed influenza in the Prince Albert area were not vaccinated according to the latest data released by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA).

The state Department of Public Health reports an additional 20 flu deaths for the week ending last Saturday.

The report indicates Jessica Farley of the Toe River Health District says the peak can last anywhere from two weeks to one month, and the timing usually depends on the weather. 2,515 cases are influenza "B" an increase of 258 per cent.

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Almost 2,000 patients have been hospitalized so far this season.

Past year there were a total of 194 cases for the season (November through June) and the data showed things were on track for a similar number this season. Type A virus was more prevalent in the early part of the season. Also, even if the flu vaccine is not always accurate to each season's flu strain, getting the vaccine every year can beneficial in future flu seasons, helping to build immunity to different strains each year.

According to the HSE, flu rates were widespread in Europe, with increasing activity reported in Eastern European countries.