Flu Season Claims 55 Albertans

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
April 11, 2016 - 4:20pm Updated: January 30, 2017 - 9:57am

There were 55 flu-related deaths in Alberta between the end of August and start of April, including five in the central zone.

Alberta Health Services says all had lab-confirmed influenza at the time of their deaths.

Overall, there were more than 4,800 lab-confirmed cases of influenza this season and over half of those involved the 'A' strain of the virus. There were nearly 700 total cases in the central zone.

More than 1.1-million people and 104,000 central Albertans rolled up their sleeves for a flu shot this past season.

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

(with files from CP)

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