With 19 confirmed deaths from influenza, a Fort Saskatchewan pharmacy owner is urging people to get a flu shot.
Amidst influenza outbreaks throughout Alberta, AbEx Pharmacy owner Dalia El Sayed has been speaking out on the importance of flu shots in hopes of preventing an outbreak in Fort Saskatchewan.
“We’ve been very actively reaching out to the community to inform everybody about the importance of getting the flu shot and how this would affect and protect everyone from getting really sick,” said El Sayed. “Basically we’re warning everyone, please, go ahead and get your flu shot.”
Flu shots are free at any pharmacy, including AbEx, or through Alberta Health Services (AHS) clinics and physicians.
It seems those who regularly get a flu shot are continuing to do so, while other people are still not convinced of its importance, noted El Sayed.
As of December 21, the 2017/18 Alberta Influenza Immunization Program had administered more than 1.1 million doses of the influenza vaccine throughout Alberta. More than 376,400 of those were administered in the Edmonton zone.
The Edmonton zone had 564 confirmed cases of influenza A and 51 confirmed cases of influenza B.
A total of 19 people in Alberta have died from influenza, with four deaths confirmed in the Edmonton zone.
These numbers are based on statistics provided on the AHS website.
Flu shots are available to all Albertans six months of age and older.

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