The influenza virus is putting extra pressure on the emergency room at the Whitehorse General Hospital.

An average of 15 people are being treated for the virus each day, which is well above last year’s number.

The flu virus has also taken a toll on many hospital workers, making things difficult for an already stretched staff.

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Dr. Rao Tadepalli, the president of the Yukon Medical Association, said the flu has taken a toll on medical staff, as well as the general population. (CBC)

"A number of staff have been sick including doctors, nurses and support staff. There is work absences but also a bit of an increase in visits as compared to last year with the flu bug and the gastro bug, so there's been a bit of a challenge," said Dr. Rao Tadepalli, president of the Yukon Medical Association.

The influenza virus is being felt across the territory and has arrived months earlier than usual.

Tadepalli is urging people to get the flu shot. He added that if people have the flu, they should stay home and get plenty of rest.

Additional flu shot clinics are being set up Friday in Whitehorse. The community health clinics are also fully stocked with the vaccination.

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is monitoring the situation.