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Just over half of Alberta's flu deaths this season are in Calgary

Just over half of Alberta's flu deaths this season are in Calgary”

According to the newest numbers from Alberta Health Services the flu has killed 12 Albertans in the last three weeks, six of which were in Edmonton totaling just over 30 for the season so far.

Close to 5,800 cases of flu have been confirmed by lab specimen so far this season in Alberta, far ahead of the 2,200 cases that had been confirmed by the same point previous year. The data showed 16 deaths had occurred in the Calgary zone so far this season, up from 12 when results were last reported on December 21.

The Central zone, meanwhile, recorded its first two deaths of the season.

Only one death has been reported in the North Zone all season.

That's the highest level in the province and coincides with a higher infection rate in the city - 1,588 cases of influenza A - compared with the rest of the province.

In the South Zone, 113 people have been hospitalized.

The statistics show about 1.17 million doses of flu vaccine have been administered to Albertans this season, which is slightly ahead of last's year's total.

Just over a quarter of all Albertans have been vaccinated so far, with nearly 1.2 million doses administered.

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