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36 Albertans have died of the flu this season

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta.
FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. David Goldman, AP Photo

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally stated 30 Albertans died of the flu in the 2018/19 influenza season. However, 52 deaths were reported last season. This article has been updated with the correct information. We regret the error.

Alberta Health Services has released its weekly influenza data, which shows that 36 Albertans have died of the flu this season.

Of the 36 deaths in the province recorded as of March 21, 15 people from the Edmonton Zone have died. Nine deaths have been recorded in the Calgary Zone, six in the South Zone, four in the Central Zone and two in the North Zone.

READ MORE: 23 Albertans have died from the flu this season

More influenza deaths have been reported in Alberta this season than at the same time last season. As of March 31, 2019, Alberta had seen 30 deaths related to lab-confirmed cases of the flu.

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During the 2018/19 influenza season, 52 people died of influenza.

The influenza data released by AHS Thursday also showed 1,426,778 doses of the flu vaccine had been administered across the province between Aug. 25, 2019 and Mar. 21, 2020.

READ MORE: 3 more flu-related deaths in Edmonton zone, Alberta confirmed cases double: AHS

A total of 8,388 lab-confirmed cases of the flu have been reported in Alberta so far this season. AHS said 1,437 people have been hospitalized with the flu this season.

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For more information on this year’s influenza season, visit the AHS website.