(Contributed from Alberta Health Services Facebook)

Three more flu-related deaths in Central Alberta

Three people died from the flu in Central Alberta over the past week.

Fourteen people in the Alberta Health Services Central Zone have died in the 2017-18 influenza season, AHS announced Thursday.

Across Alberta there has been 65 flu-related deaths since Aug. 20. In the 2016-17 flu season, 64 Albertans died of influenza.

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There has been more than 1.2 million doses of influenza vaccine administered in Alberta, 108,437 of which were in the AHS Central Zone.

AHS says 242 people were brought to Central Alberta hospitals with lab-confirmed influenza this season; 2,328 people were admitted to hospital provincewide.

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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