In January, the flu virus forced Gov Kay Ivey to pass a state health emergency. According to the latest data from Centers for Disease Control, the flu season seems to be nearing its end.
"We have the difficult times behind us and are seeing a big decline," said Drs. Burnestine Taylor of the Alabama Department of Public Health
The CDC Influenza Surveillance Report for Week 11, which ends on March 17, 2018, shows that only a handful of states are left that have high levels of activity, Alabama is not more in this category.
"Fortunately, Alabama is downgraded to low activity," Dr. Taylor.
Dr. Shaikh Wahid says he's seen how many flu cases he's treating at your Vaughn Road doctor's
"I have not seen any flu patients in the last week," Dr. Wahid
At the beginning of the season was the predominant variety A, but now it seems that the prevalent variety is B.
"Every season at the end of the year we have more" B's, "said Dr. Wahid. [1
"If you've been given a flu shot or vaccine, you'll probably be much milder," Taylor said.
As always, to protect you and your family, there's a slight precaution
"Wash your hands, stay ill, see a doctor if you have a fever that does not improve," said Dr. Taylor.
According to the ADPH, the state has been around since October reported three influenza-associated pediatric deaths 1, 2017, to 17 March 2018. There were 140 possible influenza-associated non-pediatric deaths reported in Alabama between January 11 and March 24, 2018. Of the complete investigations are 74 confirmed in the laboratory, 36 are only by medical diagnosis and 30 are unknown.
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