Flu cases and related deaths continue to rise in Alberta
New figures released by Alberta Health Services show the number of flu cases is still rising across the province, with three new flu-related deaths.
This flu season, there have been 10 flu-related deaths across the province; seven in Edmonton and three in Calgary.
Of the three new deaths, all were caused by the H1N1 strain, according to AHS. Two of the victims were not immunized, while the third, a 65-year-old, was.
As of Feb. 11, the number of confirmed influenza cases (both Influenza A and B) in the Edmonton zone had reached 593, up 167 from last week. In Calgary, there have been 385 confirmed influenza cases, up 102 from the week before.
In total, Alberta flu numbers have now reach 1,392 cases, an increase of 414 since last Thursday.
Early in 2016, AHS urged Albertans to get immunized amidst news the province was in the early stages of “an influenza outbreak.”
More than one million Albertans have received the flu shot this season. Over 448,000 doses have been administered in the Calgary zone, compared to just over 363,000 in the Edmonton zone.
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– With files from Heather Yourex-West
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