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Alabama sees increase in flu activity

The State of Alabama is seeing an increase in flu cases this fall.

Posted: Dec. 18, 2017 3:35 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVA) – The State of Alabama is seeing an increase in flu cases this fall.

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According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, providers are reporting 3.59 percent of outpatient visits are due to flu-like illnesses.

“This is concerning because influenza can be a serious disease for anyone, even children, pregnant women, and previously healthy young adults,” said Dr. Karen Landers.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

Health officials say an annual flu vaccine for everyone six months and older is the best prevention against the getting the flu.

“Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others,” Landers said. “It’s not too late to get a flu shot to protect against this serious disease. People become protected about two weeks after receiving the vaccine.

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