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Alberta premier says there is still flu vaccine available despite high demand

CALGARY - Alberta Premier Alison Redford is reassuring the public that there is enough flu vaccine to meet demand. Alberta Health Services updated its flu statistics Tuesday night, saying nine people have died after getting the flu, 70 were admitted to intensive care and 288 have been treated in hospital. Health officials say they are rethinking the best way to go about distributing flu shots. They say they are concentrating on supplying mass clinics where people are lining up rather than individual pharmacies.

Alberta opens mass immunization clinics to deal with surge in H1N1 flu cases

EDMONTON - Alberta is to open mass immunization clinics in four communities to deal with a surge of flu cases. As of Friday, Alberta Health Services says there were 662 confirmed flu cases in the province, including 621 people with the H1N1 form of the virus. Alberta Health Services says the clinics are to open Thursday in Calgary and Slave Lake and on Friday in Edmonton and Grande Prairie. If the surge continues more mass immunization clinics could open.

Cold weather causes more deaths last winter in Britain: ONS

LONDON, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- The severe cold weather last winter caused more deaths in Britain, with the majority deaths occurring among the elderly, official figures showed on Tuesday. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said an estimated 31,100 excess winter deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2012-2013, an increase of 29 percent compared with the previous winter. It said there were more excess winter deaths in females than in males last winter, with male excess winter deaths increasing from 10,590 to 13,100 and female deaths from 13,610 to 18,000.

Reuters Health News Summary

Following is a summary of current health news briefs. Insight: U.S. government investment gives flu vaccines a shot in the arm

Reuters Health News Summary

Following is a summary of current health news briefs. China media train fire on U.S. food giants over chicken scare

Reuters Health News Summary

Following is a summary of current health news briefs. China media train fire on U.S. food giants over chicken scare
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