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Significant flu activity already reported in one Alabama area

AL.com 9/21/2022 Leada Gore, al.com

One part of Alabama is already experiencing “significant” flu activity, according to tracking by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Tracking for Sept. 4-10, the latest available, shows the east central region has the greatest number of influenza cases. The east central region is comprised of Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Autauga, Elmore, Macon, Lee, Lowndes, Montgomery, Bullock and Russell counties.

An area is considered to have “significant” flu activity based on reported influenza-like illness data or reported outbreaks and positive flu specimens from the previous three weeks.

Other districts showing lab-confirmed cases are Jefferson County and the southeastern region made up of Butler, Crenshaw, Pike, Barbour, Covington, Coffee, Dale, Henry, Geneva and Houston counties.

No significant flu activity is reported in the other parts of the state.

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Flu season typically starts around October, peaking in December through February before ending as late as May. Much like COVID-19, it is spread mainly by tiny droplets when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk and the droplets and in the mouth or noses of people who are nearby. More rarely a person can get the flu by touching a surface or object that has a flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

While generally mild, flu can cause serious issues with others leading to severe illness or death. Symptoms typically come on suddenly and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue and vomiting and diarrhea.

Flu vaccines are recommended for almost everyone ages 6 months and older.

You can see more on flu vaccines here.

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