Third influenza death confirmed

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The Department of Health and Community Services has confirmed a third death in Newfoundland and Labrador linked to seasonal influenza.

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in a news release issued late Friday afternoon, the department said the most recent death involved a person in their seventies who had an underlying illness.

During the 2012-13 flu season, there were nine deaths reported in Newfoundland and Labrador as of this date last year.

The majority of the 260 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza so far in the current flu season have involved the H1N1 strain of Influenza A.

The province reports that approximately 140,000 residents are vaccinated and that an additional 13,000 vaccines doses have just arrived. Generally healthy people ranging in age from 2-59 years remain the primary target for vaccinations.

Regional health authorities have scheduled vaccination clinics across the province.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador

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