Influenza claims two more in Central Alberta

Influenza claims two more in Central Alberta

Since flu season began four months ago 16 have died in Central Alberta

The flu claimed another two lives over the past week in Central Alberta.

Since flu season began about four months ago, 16 people have died from the virus in Central Alberta. Province-wide, 69 have died, according to Alberta Health Services weekly update.

In Central Zone, 284 people have been admitted to hospital with lab-confirmed influenza. Across the province, 2,438 have gone to hospital.

More than 1.2 million doses of flu vaccine have been administered across Alberta, including 108,856 in Central Zone.

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.

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