Alabama issues flu warning as reports increase across the state

Alabama issues flu warning as reports increase across the state

Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting the fourth and fifth flu-related deaths in Dallas County for the 2017-18 season. "It takes approximately two weeks for your body to build immunity once you've received the vaccination".

Each year from October to mid-May, Georgia's Department of Public Health tracks flu activity throughout the state and reports the findings in the Georgia Weekly Influenza Report.

If you believe you are coming down with the flu, the CDC recommends you follow these simple steps. People sick with the flu should stay home from work or school and look into antiviral medications offered at doctors' offices.

A release from the department sums up the symptoms to watch for as "fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue". "Those things make us concerned that we're going to have a lot of sick people".

Trivedi said the flu virus is significantly contagious as it can easily spread from an infected person to others through droplets on surfaces and in the air from coughing, sneezing and lack of hand washing.




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

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 flu vaccine is safe and effective. Schaffner is also a liaison representative of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which develops vaccine recommendations for the CDC.

And even if you do get the flu, a shot can hopefully make it a bit more mild.

Since October, nearly 3,500 vaccines have been given at 25 different flu vaccination clinics throughout the city, including a drive-through vaccination clinic.

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