Monday, 18 June, 2018

ADPH issues alert of increased flu activity across Alabama

A package of Tamiflu in a pharmacy       Mario Tama  Getty Images A package of Tamiflu in a pharmacy Mario Tama Getty Images
Carol Daniels | 30 December, 2017, 01:14

"The course of flu is unpredictable in both adults and children and it is hard to identify the stage of transmission with certainty", said Bakht Roshan, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist.

MINNEAPOLIS - 'Tis the season for getting sick and health officials say it's definitely making the rounds.

Influenza activity is widespread in Chautauqua County just as it is throughout the state and nation.

The state's other tips to stay healthy are common sense: Wash your hands, stay away from sick people and, if you do get sick, don't go around and spread the virus.

The strain of influenza circulating this year is known to cause severe illness, according to a city release sent out today.

The news comes as Monterey County announced its first flu-related death of the season on Thursday; the county did not identify the deceased, but said the flu victim was an adult younger than 65. Eleven adults have died in our state.

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Public Health will be conducting a statewide flu vaccine awareness campaign "Start 2018 Off On the Right Foot" beginning in January to educate the public and remind everyone it is not too late to get the flu vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an early outbreak of the influenza virus has hit Georgia especially hard.

Flu levels in New Jersey have recently reached moderate and high levels of activity, showing a jump in cases compared to this time past year. In lab specimen tests, H3N2 has been responsible for around nine out of every 10 flu cases studied.

"It is hard to predict which influenza viruses will predominate in the 2017-18 influenza season".

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, since hands may become contaminated with live influenza virus.

It's very important that antiviral drugs are used early to treat hospitalized patients, people with severe flu illness, and people who are at higher risk for flu complications based on their age or underlying medical conditions.

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