Health Officials Confirm One Flu Death, Two Hospitalizations

The Houston County Health Department confirms there has been a flu-related death here in the Wiregrass.

The department also says there have been two hospitalizations from the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control have gotten multiple reports of severe respiratory illness among young and middle-aged adults.

Many were infected with H1N1, better known as Swine Flu.
Recent data shows flu activity is highest in Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri.

This year's flu shot does protect against H1N1.

Officials urge young and middle-aged adults to get vaccinated.

"A lot of times people if they don't have medical illnesses.
If they don't have asthma, if they don't have diabetes, if they're not already seeing a doctor on a regular basis - They don't typically get the vaccine. The H1N1 will affect those who haven't been exposed to other flu’s in the past," Flowers Hospital Infection Control and Prevention Director, Darla Silavent said.

We haven't reached the peak of flu season yet.

Flu shots are $5.00 at the Houston County Health Department.

Health officials say if you have any flu-like symptoms, the sooner you get to doctor the better.

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