It’s that time of the year again: flu season. The province will kick off its annual influenza vaccine campaign on Monday.Free flu shots will be offered to all Albertans over the age of six months. Flu clinics will be set up throughout the province. The vaccination will also be offered at some pharmacies. Children under the age of nine must be immunized at an Alberta Health Services clinic. Story continues below
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As of Oct. 8, there had been 56 lab-confirmed cases of the flu in Alberta, the majority of which were reported in Calgary.READ MORE: Flu arriving ‘a little early’ in Calgary this year, AHS saysLast year, more than one million doses of the flu vaccine were administered across Alberta. However, that only represents about 27 per cent of the population.Last season’s flu vaccination was about 45 to 50 per cent effective, according to AHS.READ MORE: How well did the flu shot work in Alberta this year?A total of 1,698 people were hospitalized last year with lab-confirmed influenza. Sixty-two people died of the flu last year, 17 of whom were from the Edmonton area.
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