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Flu linked to 62 deaths in Alberta this year, down from last season: report

An update on Alberta's flu season.
An update on Alberta's flu season. Global News

CALGARY – Alberta Health Services says 62 deaths in the province this year have been linked to the flu.

The department has released a final report on the most recent flu season.

It says the number of flu-related fatalities is down from 90 deaths during the previous season.

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Dr. Judy MacDonald says there were over 5,000 lab-confirmed cases of influenza A and B throughout Alberta.

She says about 27 per cent of people got a flu shot this year, down slightly from 2015.

MacDonald says the flu season came late and lasted longer than expected.

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