We’re not out of the deep end yet when it comes to Calgary’s flu season

Vaccination

Don’t let your guard down when it comes to the flu just yet according to Dr. Jia Hu, Calgary’s City Medical Officer of Health. Dr. Hu has stated that even though the number of Calgary case’s peaked in November, there is still a very high chance of another rise in cases this year.

“It is a bit unpredictable…”

Even though Alberta Health Services and Dr. Hu are trying to stay optimistic that the worst of the cases have passed, you can never be too certain. In a statement, Hu goes on to say, “That being said, sometimes we can see . . . a peak early on but a peak later on, perhaps a different flu strain. It is a bit unpredictable, which is why it is very important for people to get the flu shot if they haven’t got it already.”

This flu season alone has seen a total of 1,897 cases of influenza A across Alberta and rising. Of those cases, around 20 individuals have died; six of those people were from Calgary.

As of January 5th, 507,028 doses of flu vaccine have been administered in Calgary by the AHS and pharmacists. That’s the highest number across Alberta, with Edmonton administering 403,233 vaccinations.

The AHS and Dr. Hu are continuing to push for me people to get their vaccinations and stating that the flu season can often last until the spring

-Sean Marks

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Common flu lands one woman in a coma

H1N1 vaccine

H-1-N-1 virus is responsible for a 38 year old woman being put in a medically induced coma.

Nevada Cunnington went to the emergency room on New years with what she thought was a terrible cold. Cunnington went from being able to speak and walk to being placed in a medically induced coma. 

 It is important to get vaccinated.

Though the virus typically infects young people medical officials say it is important to get vaccinated. The flu  shot is still available to those who have not yet taken it.

-Muna Saeed