If you've been feeling under the weather this past month, you might have the flu.

Flu season is still in full swing in Alberta Health Services' Central Zone, which includes Drumheller.

Dr. Ifeoma Achebe is with AHS. She explained that the influenza virus is still floating around, but the worst might be over.

"The activity was quite high late December/early January, but it's beginning to slow down. We still have some outbreaks that are open [and] we still see some cases, but it's not anything close to what we saw in late December and early January."

If you haven't gotten your flu vaccine yet, Achebe said it's not too late. Many family doctors and pharmacies offer the vaccine free of charge.

"Flu season usually ends around April," pointed out Achebe. "You can still benefit from the vaccine. We still see cases -- we saw lab-confirmed cases today from one of our outbreaks, so that tells you that people can still get it."

In the meantime, Achebe had some advice for anyone who suspects they might have the flu:

"Stay home. Cover your cough. Ensure that you don't pass it on to people who are at home with you. Cover your cough, wash your hands frequently."

She suggested going to a hospital only if you have complications, including trouble breathing. Most healthy people should be able to fight off the flu themselves. Children and the elderly are the most at risk for complications.

Alberta Health Services updates its published influenza statistics every Thursday. As of Feb. 1, the Central Zone had over 1,100 cases of Influenza A and B reported, but only 11 deaths. Over 107,000 doses of the flu vaccine had been administered as of Feb. 1.

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