VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – If you didn’t get the flu this season, don’t think you’re out of the woods just yet.

Flu rates are lower this year than last, but the BC Centre for Disease Control is warning you that’s not a reason to let your guard down.

“It’s never over until its over with influenza but ever then you can’t be sure. It can happen any time really between now and April,” explains Dr. Danuta Skowronski with the BCCDC.

“We don’t let our guard down really until well into the spring time. We could still that up-swing and certainly we’re monitoring for that.”

Dr. Skowronski adds if you get the flu, don’t be a hero and go to work. She says you’re better off staying at home to prevent co-workers from catching the virus.

In the fall, Deputy Provincial Health Officer Dr. Eric Young warned the average flu and H1N1 virus would be making their rounds. “This year, we are tracking to an average year,” he says. “In the southern hemisphere, they had pretty much a mild to moderate season and often times we will reflect what they had.”