flu season

Flu Continues to Hit South Hard

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The flu season is continuing to hit southern states hard as influenza begins to spread across the country. The flu season got off to an early start in the Deep South. The most recent weekly flu report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds high levels of flu-like illness in 19 states, including most…

Earliest Start to Flu Season in 15 Years, Southern States Affected Most

Flu season is now underway for most of the United States. It’s the earliest start in more than 15 years. Federal health officials have released their first case estimates. The southern states are the hardest hit right now and flu B viruses are dominating. Dr. William Schaffner from Vanderbilt University Medical Center says, “That’s a bit odd because the influenza…

Flu Widespread in Alabama

1 child death reported

Figures from the Alabama Department of Public Health show that flu activity in the state is up nearly 6 percent in the last three weeks. Al.com reports one flu-related pediatric death was reported from Jan. 20-26. No information on where the child lived or its age was available. The department’s data shows activity as widespread throughout much of Alabama, including…

Flu on the Rise in Alabama, Other Southern States

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Federal health officials say that the flu is now widespread in Alabama – and it’s expected to increase. Al.com reports that Alabama is among 19 states reporting high levels of influenza in a recent report to the Centers for Disease Control. High levels of the flu were also reported in Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina, among…

Officials: Flu Now Widespread Across Most of Alabama

Officials say the flu is widespread across Alabama except for its southeastern Wiregrass Region. News outlets cite state Public Health Department maps in Wednesday reports as showing that flu activity levels are slightly higher than usual during this time. Flu season doesn’t peak until January, but the department’s weekly flu report shows last week’s activity was reported to the Centers…

With Flu Season Beginning, Medical Professionals Say Now is the Time to Prepare

It is getting close to the peak of flu season. While it is unpredictable to know how severe the disease will be this year,  medical professionals say now is the time to start preparing. The number of flu cases are starting to increase at Troy Regional Medical Center, according to Chief Clinic Officer Amy Minor. “We are seeing sporadic cases…