Wednesday , October 5 2022

The flu hit Calgary earlier than other regions of Alberta


The annual flu season hit Calgary before the rest of the province.

The latest information available from Alberta Health Services suggests that there were 596 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza A in the barracks zone of the health authority in the Kalengga health authorities from the end of August to the 10th November.

This concerns 129 cases in the Edmonton region, 93 in the northern zone of the province, 50 in the central zone and 33 in the south.

Dr David Strong, a medical health worker with AHS, said officials have not seen anything so strange so far, but the number shows that the grip arrived here before other parts of Alberta.

"The same thing happened last year," he said. "Our epidemic started before most of the rest of the province."

Although it is inevitable that the Calgary will get an influenza season each year, the earlier arrival is associated with people traveling to the southern hemisphere and returning the virus from other regions, Strong suggests.

"Maybe more people from Calgary are traveling for business reasons to places where there are outbreaks," he said.

Jaka added that it is too early to find out what this flu season will look like. However, until now, H1N1 strain is dominant, unlike last year, when the most common strain was H3N2.

"The attacks we see are in the vaccine, so we really encourage people to immunize themselves," he stressed.

For the time being, this year, 830,376 doses of influenza vaccine have been administered via Alberta, including 349.972 doses in Calgary.

As with any respiratory virus, officials recommend that those who are coughing or sneezing in the sleeve and wash their hands regularly to reduce transmission.

"People are leaving the virus at handles on the door and on the surface, so often hand washing will help prevent the disease," said Strong.

"And then if you get sick … you should stay home from work or school, until you feel better, so you do not spread it to your masons or your colleagues."

Typically, the flu season lasts for about eight to 12 weeks.

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