Eight flu deaths in Central Alberta

99 admitted to hospital so far

Flu-related deaths are on the rise in Central Alberta with eight reported as of Jan. 13 according to statistics released Thursday.

Last season 11 deaths were reported in Alberta Health Services (AHS) Central Zone for the entire season.

So far this season there have been 46 deaths across Alberta, and a total of 64 Albertans died last season.

Dr. Mohammed Mosli, medical officer of health for AHS Central Zone, said based on current numbers there is no reason to be alarmed.

“Every death is important. But at the moment there is no reason to be alarmed that this is different than any other season in the past,” Mosli said on Friday.

He said flu struck earlier this season so it’s misleading to compare it to last season until the season is over and all the numbers are in.

As of Jan. 13, AHS Central Zone had seen 1,020 lab-confirmed flu cases and 99 people admitted to hospital.

Across the province a total of 6,320 people have had confirmed flu and 1,814 admitted to hospital.

“Influenza is still circulating. Everyone is at risk of getting influenza and the best way to protect themselves is by getting the flu shot and making sure that they themselves are protected and their loved ones are also protected,” Mosli said.

“Even if someone gets immunized and gets the flu, the disease is usually much milder and the person is less likely to spread the disease. It still does offer protection.”

Influenza is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by a virus that is spread through the air. It is also spread by touching objects that have been coughed or sneezed on by someone with the flu.

A higher risk of complications from the flu is possible for children six to 59 months of age, pregnant women, people 65 years or older, and people with chronic health problems.



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Aaron Goodvin sings at Westerner Days

Aaron Goodvin performed at Westerner Days Wednesday.… Continue reading

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Central Alberta

There’s a severe thunderstorm watch in effect for Red Deer and the… Continue reading

WATCH: Sun shines on Red Deer’s Westerner Days parade

George Young has been a Westerner Days parade marshal for about 28… Continue reading

Central Alberta receives funding for regional emergency training

Alberta Municipal Affairs announces $160,000 for training on top of $40,000 previously received

WATCH: Global FMX at Westerner Days

There are three freestyle motocross shows a day at Westerner Park this week

Study links air pollution to drop in national park visitors

DENVER — Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national… Continue reading

Banff’s bathroom bears returned to the park after 15 months of rehab in Ontari

Three cubs found abandoned in a washroom along the Trans-Canada Highway in… Continue reading

Canada could get caught in cross-fire of U.S. uranium investigation

Canada could get caught in the crossfire after the U.S. Department of… Continue reading

Trudeau shuffles familiar faces, adds new ones to expanded cabinet

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled his pre-election cabinet, shuffling… Continue reading

Canada’s premiers meet Indigenous groups, although three major groups decline

BOUCTOUCHE, N.B. — Canada’s premiers are meeting with Indigenous organizations in New… Continue reading

An updated list of federal cabinet ministers following Wednesday’s shuffle

OTTAWA — An updated list of federal cabinet ministers following Wednesday’s shuffle,… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month