Two influenza-related deaths in AHS Central Zone

By Sheldon Spackman
January 13, 2018 - 2:11pm

Two influenza-related deaths have now been reported in Alberta Health Services Central Zone this winter.

According to the AHS website, that brings the number of Albertans deceased from flu-related symptoms this season to 31. The other flu-related deaths have taken place in the Calgary Zone (16), Edmonton Zone (10), South Zone (2) and North Zone (1).

The number of Albertans admitted to hospital with lab-confirmed influenza, now stands at 1,570 province-wide. That number is 90 in the Central Zone, 762 in the Calgary Zone, 478 in the Edmonton Zone, 127 in the North Zone and 113 in the South Zone.

Confirmed cases of influenza across the province now checks-in at 5,767, with 947 in the Central Zone, 2,344 in the Calgary Zone, 1,231 in the Edmonton Zone, 732 in the North Zone and 425 in the South Zone.

More Albertans however are continuing to get their flu-shots this winter. So far, AHS officials say 1,167,858 Albertans have received their influenza vaccine, up from 807,628 as of November 11, 2017.

Elsewhere, 105,260 people have received their flu shot in the Central Zone as of January 13. That number is 496,411 in the Calgary Zone, 391,579 in the Edmonton Zone, 87,470 in the South Zone and 87,138 in the North Zone.

Influenza immunization is being offered free of charge to all Albertans six months of age or older. The vaccine is available at hundreds of AHS Public Influenza Immunization Clinics across the province, as well as at many pharmacists and physician offices.

The next Influenza Immunization Clinic in Red Deer is Wednesday, January 17 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Red Deer Johnstone Crossing Community Health Centre.

For more information on additional Influenza Immunization Clinics in Red Deer, visit the AHS website here.

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