Flu continues to hammer Calgary as province hits 19 deaths from virus
12 people with lab-confirmed influenza have died in the Calgary zone, while Edmonton has had 4 deaths
CBC News Posted: Dec 21, 2017 5:39 PM MT Last Updated: Dec 21, 2017 5:39 PM MT
With double the amount of laboratory confirmed cases and three times the number of deaths, the latest numbers released from Alberta Health Services reveal this year's flu strain is continuing to hit Calgary much harder than Edmonton.
AHS says that of the 2,638 cases of Influenza A strain in the province, the Calgary zone has seen 1,120, while 564 were recorded in the Edmonton zone.
The Central and North zones have each had roughly 350 cases. There were 197 in the South zone and 45 not assigned to a zone.
The number of deaths attributed to the flu in the province climbed by six this week to reach 19. Twelve of those cases were reported in Calgary, while four were in Edmonton. Two of the deaths were reported in the South zone and the North zone saw one.
The province has seen 867 Albertans admitted to hospital with the flu, with more than half (488) reported in the Calgary zone. Only 218 people have been admitted to hospital in Edmonton with the flu.
Across the province, nearly 1.12 million doses of the influenze vaccine have been administered.
A total of 1.17 million people were vaccinated in Alberta during the last flu season.
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