The first official case of seasonal flu on the island has been confirmed, says P.E.I.'s chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison.

This case is the pH1N1 strain, which is consistent with the majority of cases being reported across the country, said Morrison.

The case was confirmed in a woman in her 30s. She did not require hospitalization.

The pH1N1 strain is covered by the flu shot.

"The flu shot is still available. And although it takes a couple of weeks for it to provide the effectiveness that we would like, we still encourage people to get it," said Morrison.

"The flu season definitely has started, but it continues on for a number of months, so it is one of the best ways that you can protect yourself is to get the flu shot."

Morrison also suggests washing hands often, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve and staying home if you're sick.

Typical symptoms of influenza include fever, headache, cough, aches and pains and sore throat.