Flu sends three people to hospital in Central Alberta

Nine lab-confirmed flu cases for AHS Central Zone

So far three people with influenza have been admitted to hospital in Central Alberta this flu season.

As of Oct. 29, a total of 32 people had been admitted to hospitals across the province.

Alberta Health Services Central Zone has had nine laboratory-confirmed flu cases out of 97 province-wide.

The annual influenza immunization campaign began Oct. 24.

Vaccine is available free of charge to all Albertans six months of age and older.

Some pharmacies and physician offices also offer influenza vaccine. Children younger than age nine must be immunized at an AHS clinic.

For information on immunization clinics visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/influ.

During the 2015-16 flu season there were 62 influenza-related deaths in Alberta, including five people from Central Alberta. AHS Central Zone had 774 lab-confirmed flu cases and 202 Central Albertans were admitted to hospital.

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