Preventing flu as we enter peak season

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The peak of flu season has just begun, and 10 states have reported widespread flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And it’s expected to get worse. Flu season peaks between December and March, the CDC reports. 

“Definitely the flu activity has been increasing over the last few weeks,” said Dr. Ali Hassoun, infectious disease physician at Huntsville Hospital. “In our area in Alabama in the last 14 days, we’ve seen an increase.”

11 pediatric flu deaths have been reported this season, and 1047 flu hospitalizations have been reported nationwide since October.

There is still time to get a flu shot. Health officials say it’s not too late. It takes about two weeks for it to become effective after it’s been given.

“A flu shot is going to be helpful, even this time of the year. So if you didn’t get it, you better get it,” said Dr. Hassoun. “If you get it now, it’s going to give you some prevention. Even if you get the flu, you’ll probably reduce the chance for severe infection.”

Click here to learn more about flu season from the CDC. 

Click here to learn more about why the Alabama Department of Public Health says you should get vaccinated.

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