Alberta flu vaccinations up despite fewer cases
Fewer confirmed lab cases of influenza types A this year
More Albertans are rolling up their sleeves for the influenza vaccination in the first month of this year's campaign compared to last year, according to new numbers by Alberta Health Services.
Roughly 350,546 doses of the vaccine have been administered so far, an increase of roughly 6,000 over 2012.
Alberta Health Services is also reporting fewer confirmed lab cases of influenza type A.
There have been 43 cases of Influenza A since this year's flu season started. The strain is associated with the H1N1 outbreak and 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.
Last year, there were 110 confirmed cases during the same time period.
However, the numbers for Influenza B are up, with 11 confirmed cases this year compared to six last year. Influenza B is usually less serious than Influenza A, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the U.S.
Each year's flu shot helps protect against both Influenza types A and B but not C.