influenza vaccines will be available on Oct. 16 with the new Moderna vaccine formulated to target the XBB.1.5 variant likely to be available at around the same time.
On Sept. 12, Health Canada approved the use of the Moderna vaccine.“More information on immunizations against respiratory viruses including influenza and COVID-19 will be available shortly,” the health minister said.LaGrange said there have been 28 cases of influenza and five lab-confirmed cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) since Aug.
28.“This is consistent activity for this time of the year,” the health minister said in a statement.The end of August or the beginning of September has typically marked the beginning of flu season for provincial health authorities.LaGrange also provided an update on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the province.From Aug. 28 to Sept.
8, there were a total 92 new hospitalizations and three ICU admissions, bringing the total to 417 in hospital and seven in ICU, a 73 per cent increase of COVID hospitalizations from the last reported info.On July 24 – the last update to the province’s COVID data dashboard – there were only 242 in hospital.“Sadly, five Albertans died during that period due to COVID-19,” LaGrange said.LaGrange said the reporting dashboard is being refreshed to include RSV, influenza and COVID-19 data, work that was originally expected to be completed on Aug. 30.
The latest data on the province’s influenza statistics dashboard is dated July 22.“This work is currently underway and will be available in the coming weeks,” LaGrange said.She said data for the dates between July 24 and Aug. 27 will be available when the new dashboard goes online.Amid more hospitals continent-wide reinstating masking requirements in. Read more on globalnews.ca