There have been three confirmed flu deaths this season in the province, according to Alberta Health Services (AHS).
In data released by the AHS today, they revealed over one million doses of influenza vaccine have been administered to Albertans so far, but that three confirmed flu deaths were reported.
Last year, from August 26 to March 31, the AHS reported there were 30 confirmed flu deaths in Alberta.
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Although many Albertans have taken precautions to protect themselves, the AHS says many more are still vulnerable.
“While this is a good start, hundreds of thousands of Albertans remain without protection against influenza,” said the AHS in a Tuesday release.
As of December 5, more than 660 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Alberta, said the AHS.
In addition to getting immunized to reduce the risk of influenza, there are a number of steps Albertans should take to help prevent the spread of germs and illness, including covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, washing hands thoroughly and often, keeping hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose and mouth, refraining from preparing food for anyone while you’re sick, and staying home when sick.
The AHS is also reminding Albertans not to visit family, friends, or loved ones in hospitals, care facilities or seniors’ lodges until you’ve fully recovered.