January marks peak of flu season

Published 8:22 am Thursday, January 6, 2011

While flu season hasn’t received as much attention this year as it did last year, the flu is still a concern for health officials.

According to state health officials, the flu season is just hitting its stride.

“The peak for Alabama’s flu season is typically January and February. So, it’s pretty rough right now,” Tracy England, Director of Surveillance and Outreach of the Immunization Division of Alabama’s Department of Public Health said. “The season usually runs through April, so we are still encouraging everyone who has not received a flu shot already to do so.”

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Last year, the biggest concern was H1N1, or swine flu, and though the strain is still out there, emergency plans have not been enacted.

“We haven’t had any discussion about a pandemic,” said Crenshaw County EMA director Jessica Tomlin-Seabrook.

According to information from the Alabama Department of Public Health’s website, Crenshaw County has seen some positive local test results for Influenza Type B, which has been the most common strain for Alabama so far.

The Crenshaw County Health Department does have vaccine available.

Call (334) 335-2471 to make an appointment or visit www.adph.org for more information about the flu in Alabama.