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5 Calgarians died after having ill with the flu, nearly 300 hospitalized

A couple of Albertans have died after attacking this year's influenza virus.

According to the Alberta Health Services report, 1 241 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Calgary since 29 November – although many other illnesses and physicians are likely to be seen.

Those who carry the virus in Calgary account for more than half of Alberta's confirmed cases of 1,985 and of the five Albertians who died of influenza salvage, five of them came from Calgary.

This alarming state comes after last year's 92 influenza-related deaths across the province and over 9,000 confirmed cases.

The AHS will release weekly follow-up data for confirmed cases, locations, related deaths, and others related to the spread of the virus. According to the fourth week of data published on November 29, 293, Calgarians were admitted to a flu hospital.

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2018/2019 Alberta Chicken Season (Alberta Health Services)

Data show that a similar amount of people between Edmonton and Calgary were immunized (342,429 in Edmonton, 413,152 in Calgary), however, more than four times the amount of Calgarians already contracted flu this season.

For more than a month, clinics have been given a free vaccine to more than 410,000 Calgarians, accounting for more than 33% of the total population.

Over the past few years, influenza has been increased. Given that the flu season in 2018/2019 is still at an early stage, almost a million shots that have already been delivered throughout Alberta have been a significant improvement in recent years.

Immunization is available to all Calgarians at the age of five, free of charge, at each AHS clinic, pharmacist or physician.

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