Flu Season Begins

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

Flu season has officially started in southeast Alabama. If a proactive community is any indication of what’s to come, we may be in for a rough season. Houston County Health Department said they are almost out of vaccine.

“We’ve been able to give out all of our vaccine so far in some of the counties already. We are getting a little low on vaccine,” said Corey Kirkland, a spokesman for the Houston County Health Department.

However, that is not dependent on the amount of cases they have seen. Kirkland said, while there have been recent influenza hospitalizations, it's not unusual.

“It’s not really dependent on how much flu we're seeing, it’s just on how many we were able to give out the year before. I suspect there's still plenty of it at the doctor's office and other places,” he explained

There are other ways to avoid the flu and keep it from spreading:
Cover your coughs & sneezes
Wash your hands
Disinfect phones, and household items
Stay at home if you're feeling sick

There are vaccines available for children at the Houston County Health Department.

If you have any questions or concerns, http://www.adph.org/houston.

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