This winter flu season, which started earlier than the practice across Canada, has claimed its first victim in Ottawa.
Public Health Ottawa confirms that an unidentified patient over the age of 65 has died earlier this month, one of 12 positive cases of flu since September 1.
Last year, 21 deaths were contacted in Ottawa with flu.
The Canadian Public Health Agency said that this year's flu season officially begins the 21st October to 27 week, earlier than in recent years.
The flu season last year began on November 5.
The agency said that virus A (H1N1) pdm09 is the most common flu virus in the country, similar to the stress that is used in this season's flu vaccine.
From November 3, the Ottawa area has a comparative flu rate than other parts of the country.