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More Than 1,500 Albertans Affected By Flu This Season

01/09/2014 02:36 EST | Updated 03/11/2014 05:59 EDT
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There have been at least 1,500 confirmed cases of influenza this flu season, Alberta Health Services said Thursday. 

The agency also downgraded the number of deaths from nine to eight. The number was adjusted after tests showed that a case initially thought to be influenza was something else. 

The province also said more than one million Albertans have been immunized so far, a record number. 

Alberta Health Service's Dr. Judy MacDonald said public flu vaccine clinics will end after the weekend. 

"We have enough for today and tomorrow. But when it's gone, it's gone," said MacDonald on Thursday afternoon. 

MacDonald on flu vaccine running out: "We have enough for today and tomorrow. But when it's gone, it's gone."

In Calgary, hundreds lined up Thursday to receive the flu vaccination at Brentwood Mall in the city's northwest. Most were there hours before the clinic opened at 11 a.m. MT. There was a three-hour wait at the clinic just before noon.

Alberta's Health Minister Fred Horne said Wednesday the provincial supply could run out by the end of the week.

Horne said the province's recent shipment was the last available "on the planet."

Nova Scotia health officials said Thursday they were freeing up 1,300 doses of their reserves to send to other provinces experiencing shortages.

Earlier this week Premier Alison Redford asked people to be patient, saying anyone who wanted the flu shot would be able to get it.

Health workers are always encouraged to get the vaccine. In the Calgary zone, 45 per cent of AHS employees had received the flu vaccine as of Monday. That's the lowest rate in the province. 

Source: Alberta Health Services 

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