AL Health Dept. already reporting "significant" flu activity - WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.

AL Health Dept. already reporting "significant" flu activity

Posted: Updated:
Source: MGN Online Source: MGN Online
  • Latest Health NewsThe Latest from HealthDayMore>>

  • Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health

    Spouse's sunny outlook may be good for your health

    Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better.More >>
    Marriage vows often include the promise to stick together for better or for worse, and research now suggests that when it comes to your health, having an optimistic spouse is better.More >>
  • Mental illness not a driving force behind crime

    Mental illness not a driving force behind crime

    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows. "When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes, so they get stuck in people's heads," said study author Jillian Peterson, a psychology professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. "The vast majority of people with mental illness a...More >>
    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows. "When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes, so they get stuck in people's heads," said study author Jillian Peterson, a psychology professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. "The vast majority of people with mental illness a...More >>
  • A little wine might help kidneys stay healthy

    A little wine might help kidneys stay healthy

    An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.More >>
    An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The Alabama Department of Public Health says the state is already experiencing "significant" H1N1 influenza activity and the state isn't alone. The ADPH says influenza activity is also already high in Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

The state says reports from its network of providers who report influenza-like illness and send sample for testing indicate the geographic spread of influenza in Alabama is widespread for the third week in a row.  

Influenza type A, H1N1 (also known as 2009 H1N1, the pandemic strain, or pH1N1) has been the predominant strain circulating virus so far this season. One characteristic of pH1N1 is that, similar to the pandemic of 2009, young and middle-aged adults seem to have a greater chance of severe influenza.  

Flu is a very contagious respiratory illness. Some of the symptoms of influenza can be fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.  Influenza can be a serious disease for anyone, even children, pregnant women and previously healthy young adults.

ADPH officials recommend an annual influenza vaccination for everyone 6 months and older and report that there are no shortages of the vaccine this year.

You can also protect against the spread of the virus by staying at home when sick, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and washing hands or using hand sanitizer frequently.

Copyright 2013 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow