Thursday , October 21 2021

Four people die of flu in the region


Four people died of the flu in the Edmonton area.

On Thursday, Alberta Health Services released its weekly flu update. So far this season, there have been 70 influenza-related hospitalizations in the Edmonton area.

The area, which includes St. Albert, had 645 confirmed cases of Influenza A and only one case of Influenza B.

While so far there has been only a single case of influenza B in the area, a health official expects the flu type to make a bigger appearance at the end of the season.

"B has a peak later. Because? I do not know, it's just one of those things, "said Shobhit Maruti, AHS medical officer for the Edmonton area.

In the last three seasons of the flu, Influenza A has been the most prevalent form of influenza. Maruti said that it often spreads faster between people.

He noted that the health organization will not know if this flu season was better or worse than last year until the end of the season. Usually ends around May or June.

Looking at the data from the past three seasons, it appears that more people are dying of the flu each year.

In 2015-2016, there were 17 deaths and 1,573 confirmed cases of influenza in the Edmonton area. Only 409 of these were Influenza B.

In 2016-2017, there were 20 deaths and 1,269 confirmed cases of the virus in the Edmonton Zone. About 180 of these cases were Influenza B.

Last year's season was the deadliest of the three, with 22 deaths and 3,578 confirmed cases of influenza in the same area. About 820 of these were of type B.

This year, there were a total of 15 flu-related deaths in Alberta and 3,806 confirmed cases of the virus. In the province, 1,162,696 vaccines were administered, with 392,286 of which in the Edmonton area.

Maruti explained that it is difficult to make predictions when it comes to the flu, since each year the tension changes. It is also difficult to say whether the vaccine will be the best combination for the strain.

He could not say if this year the vaccine was better, but said the flu vaccine could reduce the risk of contracting the virus by 42%.

"If you do not want the vaccine, you have no protection," he said.

When it comes to staying healthy, Maruti recommends three courses of action: wash your hands properly, cough up your sleeve and – if you feel sick – stay at home.

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