Only 1 in 5 Albertans have flu shot

Alberta’s health minister says not enough people are getting a flu shot.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s health minister says not enough people are getting a flu shot.

Fred Horne says one in five Albertans and about half of health-care workers have been immunized against influenza so far this year.

He says those rates are too low to adequately protect families and communities.

There has been an increase in flu across Alberta in recent weeks and the predominant strain is H1N1.

However, Horne points out the numbers are similar to last year at this time.

He says the difference now is that many of those affected are younger adults.

There have been 965 lab-confirmed cases, another 251 people have been hospitalized due to influenza and five people have died, Horne says.

Flu shots are free and available at doctors’ offices, most pharmacies and Alberta Health Services flu clinics.

Health officials in Saskatchewan have also urged people to be vaccinated.

Dr. Denise Werker, deputy chief medical health officer, said Friday that two children under five and one middle-aged person died in December after contracting the flu. All had underlying health conditions, so officials can’t say that flu was the main cause of their deaths.

Just Posted

Central Alberta experiencing a growing cockroach problem

Travellers unwittingly bringing back pests from their trips

B.C. government moves to tax and restrict vaping products to protect youth

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government introduced a 10-point plan Thursday to… Continue reading

Tax hike upsets pot growers

Tax changes could hurt a thriving industry: canola producers

PBO forecasts slower growth and deeper federal deficits

OTTAWA — Parliament’s budget watchdog warns that rougher economic waters will mean… Continue reading

NDP has more leverage with Libs because the Bloc not a national party: Singh

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he believes Prime Minister Justin… Continue reading

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

Your community calendar

Wednesday Pain 101 class — learn to take control of your chronic… Continue reading

POLL: Do you agree with the decision to fire Don Cherry?

Do you agree with the decision to fire Don Cherry for his… Continue reading

Browns keeps playoff hopes alive with win against Steelers ending in ugly brawl

Browns 21 Steelers 7 CLEVELAND —With their backs against the wall, the… Continue reading

B.C. government moves to tax and restrict vaping products to protect youth

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government introduced a 10-point plan Thursday to… Continue reading

Local Sports: RDC’s Regan Doig has plenty of hockey left to play

There was a point during the summer when Regan Doig felt his… Continue reading

PBO forecasts slower growth and deeper federal deficits

OTTAWA — Parliament’s budget watchdog warns that rougher economic waters will mean… Continue reading

NDP has more leverage with Libs because the Bloc not a national party: Singh

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he believes Prime Minister Justin… Continue reading

Alberta Opposition asks auditor general to review Kenney adviser’s London trips

EDMONTON — The Opposition in Alberta is demanding multiple spending investigations, including… Continue reading

Most Read