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Alberta saw 55 flu-related deaths between September and March

This 2011 image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an H3N2 influenza virus.
This 2011 image provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an H3N2 influenza virus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

EDMONTON – There were 55 flu-related deaths in Alberta between September and the end of March.

Alberta Health Services says all had lab-confirmed influenza at the time of their deaths, with 26 in the Calgary area, and 14 in Edmonton.

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Overall, there were more than 48,000 lab-confirmed cases of influenza this season and over half of those involved the A strain of the virus.

More than 1.1-million people rolled up their sleeves for a flu shot this past season.

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The department’s flu immunization program has ended and will resume in the fall.

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With files from CHED and CHQR.

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