Doctors are urging people to get themselves immunized after the first recorded flu death in Alberta this fall.
 
The victim died at a hospital in Calgary recently and Alberta Health Services confirms most serious cases appear to be in the Calgary area.
 
Alberta Health Services is strongly encouraging anyone older than 6 months to get the flu vaccine.
 
"Some people may think that influenza is not a concern for them and some people do get infections which are asymptomatic, but they can pass those infections on to other people who can get severely sick," explained Dr. Digby Horne, a medical officer for Alberta Health Services Central Zone. "The people with infection might not even be aware that they are passing it on to others."
 
In Alberta, 62 people died due to influenza last year.
 
"We're dealing with different strains every year that change from the previous year. We have got four different types of influenza and every season is unique; some are more severe than others," said Horne.
 
"There are certainly some unknowns about the control of influenza and we do the best job we can with the vaccine," added Horne.
 
Higher risk groups include young children, elderly individuals, people with lung disease, heart disease, diabetes and pregnant women.
 
It is important to get the flu vaccine early, as it can take up to two weeks to become effective.
 
For more information on how to prevent influenza and get vaccinated follow this link.

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