Two more Al­berta flu deaths

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - GIL­LIAN SLADE gslade@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNGil­lianSlade

There have been two more deaths in Al­berta from flu and an­other 58 hos­pi­tal­ized with lab-con­firmed in­fluenza.

The num­ber of flu deaths across the prov­ince this sea­son now stands at 43, in­clud­ing a to­tal of seven in the south zone, says Al­berta Health Ser­vices.

Num­bers re­leased by AHS are cu­mu­la­tive from Aug. 28, 2016. There have been 3,320 lab-con­firmed cases of in­fluenza A and 57 cases of in­fluenza B this sea­son across the prov­ince. In the south zone there have been 253 cases of A and 17 of B.

By Feb. 18 last year, there had been 1,490 cases of in­fluenza A in the prov­ince and 266 cases of in­fluenza B. In the south zone for the same time frame there were 73 cases of A and 15 of B.

The num­ber of peo­ple hos­pi­tal­ized with lab-con­firmed in­fluenza con­tin­ues to climb. A week ago there had been 1,080 hospi­tal ad­mis­sions with lab-con­firmed in­fluenza and that num­ber now sits at 1,138, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est AHS re­port. In the south zone the num­ber in­creased from 94 to 97 in the past week.

The num­ber of Al­ber­tans get­ting vac­ci­nated con­tin­ues to in­crease for a to­tal of 1,137,615 this in­fluenza sea­son, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est data re­leased. In the south zone that num­ber is 86,468.

In­fluenza im­mu­niza­tion is avail­able at pub­lic clin­ics, some phar­ma­cists and physi­cian of­fices. For more in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing lo­cal clinic sched­ules, visit ahs.ca/in­fluenza or call Health Link at 811.

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