Flu Season Isn't Over - There's Still Time To Get A Vaccine


The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported widespread flu cases in every state except Hawaii.

The North Alabama district has reported the most flu-related deaths so far this flu season with 12 people reported to have died.

"We haven't seen any letting up", Barbera said.

Schuchat said the flu season is expected to last for several more weeks and urges people to get vaccinated.

The Outcome Health campaign will provide information about protecting those who are unable to get the vaccine, and actions to take if you or someone in your household gets sick.

As the current flu season unfolds, health officials locally and nationally continue to see the number of cases and deaths rise, with a level of uncertainty as to if the season has reached its peak. The flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface. The flu season can run into May.

Smith said those who haven't received a flu shot yet should do so "immediately", and that those at high risk of developing complications from the flu should consider getting prescription medication.

Moore said with the reports of flu deaths, their phones are ringing with residents rushing for the vaccine.

The Marion County Public Health Department says the percentage of visits to Marion County emergency departments for flu-like illness during the week of January 29-Feb.

What health officials are calling a "severe" flu season claimed another four lives across the London area last week.

The people who died - who the health department described as older - have not been identified.

Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

These individuals should stay home and avoid contact with other people. Hand washing is an effective way to prevent many illnesses, including influenza.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.