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An Outbreak of Seasonal Influenza – Get Your Flu Shot

Alabama Department of Public Health issued an emergency alert last Thursday (1/11/2018) regarding this year’s outbreak of seasonal influenza (flu) in our area. Here’s what you need to know (from ADPH):

  • Hospitals are at or over normal patient capacity due in large part to the number of patients
    presenting with seasonal influenza-like symptoms. Local emergency departments and
    outpatient clinics are also seeing very high volumes of patients.
  • At this time, this is not a pandemic flu situation, but a major seasonal flu situation.
  • Since early December, public health surveillance has noted widespread influenza activity in
    the state.
  • Reports of influenza-like illness (ILI) in Alabama in the last couple of weeks have been
    almost three times the threshold for significant activity for the 2017-18 influenza season. The
    threshold is 3.4%.
  • Predominant strains identified in specimens submitted to the State lab in the last couple of
    weeks have been A (H1N1) and A (H3). Nationally, no significant antiviral resistance has
    been identified. Visit http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/influenza/index.html for more
    information

The full statement from the Alabama Department of Public Health can be seen here.

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