ADPH issues alert of increased flu activity across Alabama

ADPH issues alert of increased flu activity across Alabama

On Dec. 27, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory regarding the increased prevalence of Influenza A (H3N2) along with prevention and treatment recommendations. In past years, the flu shot has been least effective against A (H3N2) viruses compared to other A or B strain flu viruses. Despite these painful symptoms, most people will recover in less than two weeks.

Health experts advise people who have not gotten the vaccine to go ahead and do so.

If you or your child has a cough or sore throat, please wear a mask while in our building.

"The last couple of years we didn't see it in December, but a few years back we did", she said. Individuals can also practice good habits like avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering your cough, getting plenty of sleep, maintaining physically activity levels, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday issued an alert of increased influenza (flu) activity across the state.

More and more people are getting sick, but the state of IL says there's still time to get a flu shot.

ADPH issues alert of increased flu activity across Alabama
ADPH issues alert of increased flu activity across Alabama

"It's not too late to get a flu shot and everyone six months or older can still get one", says Dr. Silvers.

People at highest risk for severe complications from influenza infection include adults 65 years of age and older, children less than 5 years old, pregnant women, and those with certain medical conditions like asthma, heart disease, and weakened immune systems. The children's vaccine is available at all DCHHS immunization clinics.

A map provided by the Cook County Dept. of Public Health shows concentrations by zip code of those presenting flu-like symptoms in emergency room visits in the North and Northwest Suburbs this week.

Because it's a virus, antibiotics will not help, officials say.

From the California coast to the shores of South Carolina, Americans across the country are coming down with some nasty strains of the flu this year.

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