flu

Opp City Schools Closing for Remainder of Week Due to High Number of Students, Faculty with Flu

The Opp City School District has announced they will be close school for the remainder of the week. The school closure is due to a high volume of students in the school system with the flu. Opp City Schools Superintendent Michael D. Smithart released the following statement in regards to the school closures:  “We are experiencing a very significant increase…

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…

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…

Alabama School Systems Closing Because of Flu

Two north Alabama school systems are shutting down because of the flu. Officials in Cullman County and neighboring Marshall County say classes are being called off to help slow the spread of the illness. An announcement from Cullman Superintendent Shane Barnette says schools there will be closed Thursday and Friday. He says large numbers of both students and workers already…

44 Suspected Flu Deaths in Alabama

State Health Officials Investigating

The Alabama Department of public health says it is investigating 44 deaths as potentially caused by flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lots of information about the flu and keeping your family safe. HERE is their page. The Alabama Department of Public Health also has a flu information page, and you’ll find it HERE.      …

County Health Departments Offering Free Flu Vaccinations

As flu continues to spread across the state, Alabama Department of Public Health steps up to help communities battle the flu bug

The flu continues to spread at a high rate across Alabama, and medical experts say the best prevention is still the flu shot. Nurse practitioner Pamela Ingram is seeing her fair share of flu patients. “More and more cases everyday,” Ingram said. She says influenza cases are being diagnosed daily at Greenville’s Stabler Clinic. “A lot of people will come…

First Pediatric Flu Death in Alabama: Pike Road Girl

Dozens of other child deaths reported across the U.S.

An elementary school-aged girl in Alabama has died from the flu. Pike Road Schools Superintendent Charles Ledbetter, who’s been in contact with the girl’s parents, tells news outlets Zainab Momin died Tuesday night at a hospital. The third-grade student at Pike Road Elementary had stayed home from school Tuesday with flu-like symptoms and her fever continued to surge throughout the…