Alberta sees 15 flu-related deaths in 1 week

FILE: A patient gets a shot during a flu vaccine program in Calgary on Oct. 26, 2009. Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press / File

Fifteen Albertans died as a result of the flu over the course of seven days, according to new data released by Alberta Health Services on Thursday.

So far this flu season, 46 Albertans have died of lab-confirmed influenza. Flu numbers released by AHS last Thursday showed 31 deaths had occurred due to the influenza virus.

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Of the 46 deaths so far this flu season, 13 have occurred in the Edmonton area and 20 have happened in the Calgary area.

AHS doesn’t provide details on the deaths (other than where they occurred) due to privacy concerns.

So far in the 2017/18 flu season, 1,814 people have been admitted to hospital with lab-confirmed influenza.

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Of the confirmed cases of the flu, 4,637 have been the influenza A strain, while 1,683 have been the influenza B strain.

In total, more than one million doses of the influenza vaccine have been administered.

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According to AHS, 64 flu-related deaths were reported in Alberta during the last flu season, and 62 the year before that.

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