Statistics Show Sharp Increase in Flu Activity

Statistics Show Sharp Increase in Flu Activity


ACCORDING TO THE C- D-C… THE FLU IS WIDESPREAD IN ABOUT HALF OF THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI. NEWS FIVE’S KATARINA LUKETICH SAT DOWN WITH PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS TO TELL US WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU. THERE ARE NEARLY 8,000 CONFIRMED CASES OF THE FLU NATIONWIDE… JUST THIS MONTH ALABAMA BECAME ONE OF 23 STATES REPORTING AN ABOVE AVERAGE NUMBER OF CASES. WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK CLOSER AT THE YELLOWHAMMER STATE — MOBILE COUNTY IN ONE OF JUST A HANDFUL OF COUNTIES WHERE THE FLU IS NOT CONSIDERED “WIDESPREAD” Mark Bryant – Public Information Officer, Mobile County Health Department: “It’s all around us. So just because it’s not a major issue at this exact moment, next week it could be a totally different issue.” AND WHILE ALABAMA AND THE NATION ARE SEEING SHARP INCREASES IN FLU ACTIVITY, HEALTH EXPERTS WARN THIS YEAR’S VACCINE COULD BE AS LITTLE AS 10 PERCENT EFFECTIVE. BUT THAT ISN’T STOPPING HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS FROM ENCOURAGING YOU TO GET THE FLU SHOT. Mark Bryant – Public Information Officer, Mobile County Health Department: “Even that’s better than not having any protection. It’s better to be safe than sorry because the flu is not something you want to play around with.” HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SAY WE ARE JUST NOW IN THE HEIGHT OF FLU SEASON, SO THE VIRUS IS LIKELY TO SPREAD EVEN MORE…SAYING THERE’S STILL TIME TO PROTECT YOURSELF. FOR NEWS 5, I’M KATARINA

2 thoughts on “Statistics Show Sharp Increase in Flu Activity

  1. Maybe it's time to reevaluate some vaccines? I have seen reports that flu vaccines dramatically increase your chances of contracting the flu during the next year as well.

  2. The vaccine is only 10% effective, but get it any way? What is not reported: the percentage of people that get the vaccine and have side effects, nerve damage, or suffer death. Please report those statistics, too, because no flu vaccine is totally free from side effects and complications.

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