As surely as sunrise follows night, coughs and colds show up after kids go back to school. This year in Calgary is no different, with many Calgarians coping with nasty respiratory viruses. However, some of those coughs and sniffles are not from the common cold. Influenza has arrived earlier than normal. Since the beginning of September, Alberta Health Services says five cases of flu have been confirmed in the Calgary Zone. AHS says reported numbers are always the tip of the iceberg.
AHS Medical Officer of Health Dr. Judy MacDonald says, “We’ve had some clusters – that’s a little early – but (the flu is) coming” She says it’s too early to say what the coming flu season will be like.
AHS flu shot clinics in Calgary will open October 24th. Details on the vaccination campaign will be announced Friday. Pharmacies will also have the vaccine.