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Alberta’s flu death toll now 10, health officials say

Alberta Health says 10 people have died in the province after getting the flu, with 40 others in intensive care and another 300 being treated in hospital.

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Alberta Health says 10 people have died in the province after getting the flu, with 40 others in intensive care and another 300 being treated in hospital.

Health officials say they are also rethinking the best way to go about distributing flu shots.

Dr. Jim Talbot, chief medical officer of health, says they're looking to concentrate more on supplying large mass clinics and not so much on individual pharmacies.

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He says it's too difficult to maintain a system with 1,500 entry points.

He says supplies of the flu vaccine are not infinite, but by centralizing its availability it should cut down on patient frustration.

In Prince Albert, Sask., a shortage of flu vaccine has forced the Parkland Health Region to cancel a drop-in immunization clinic in the city.

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