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Alberta's Flu Immunization Program Starts Tuesday

10/15/2015 06:56 EDT | Updated 10/15/2015 06:59 EDT
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AURORA, CO - February 10: The annual flu vaccine is drawn from the vile into the needle Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Crawford Kids Clinic in Aurora, Colorado. Luz Barajas and Carlos Cholcio brought their children, Carlos and Menserrat into the clinic for their annual flu shot. (Photo By Brent Lewis/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services says the flu vaccine it will offer this season should do a better job of protecting people.

Last year the flu shot did not protect against a mutated strain of influenza A, which was the strain that got most people sick.

More than 100 people died in Alberta from the flu last year.

Dr. Martin Lavoie, deputy chief medical officer of health, says the vaccines they have this year protects against multiple strains of flu.

Alberta's immunization program begins Tuesday, and officials hope 40 per cent of people will roll up their sleeve for a shot.

Cases of the flu have already been reported this season, including a recent outbreak in Edmonton. (CTV Edmonton, CHED)

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