There are now 5 confirmed deaths in the region as a result of the influenza virus.

The latest, an elderly person who had been suffering from underlying health conditions.

The Associate Medical Officer of Health with the Region of Waterloo Public Health, Dr. Hsiu-Li-Wang tells 570 News this is common during a regular flu season.

“This is within what we can expect to see in a regular influenza season. We are in the midst of the busy period right now in terms of influenza activity as well as other respiratory viruses.”

Wang recommends to get a flu shot, if you have not already, as well as , wash your hands, cover your cough, and stay home if you are ill.

If you have nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea symptoms to not cook for others during the holidays.

There have been 729 confirmed cases of the influenza virus in the province and 154 of those cases recorded in the region.

Waterloo Region has had a handful of deaths as a result of the flu. Three elderly adults, who had underlying health concerns, and one child who was healthy but not immunized against the virus.

Ontario has confirmed 13 deaths as a result of the flu.