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Medical experts say flu spreading quickly across AL

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The rampant flu season is keeping emergency responders busy. The rampant flu season is keeping emergency responders busy.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Unfortunately for folks in Alabama, the flu virus is spreading quickly. According to the Department of Health, Alabama is one of the hardest hit states in the country.

State Health Department's maps show that the flu has been strongest in the southern and western portions of the state since September. But since the end of November, it's been spreading North and East.

So far, there's only been one recorded death. However health experts say it's just the beginning of the season and it takes time to compile data.

This year's strain, the H1N1 virus, is the evil twin of the strain a few years ago. There were nearly 950 deaths that year. Last flu season, about 850 died.

The rampant flu season is keeping emergency responders busy. Chief Operating Officer Don Webster said the cold isn't helping.

"That's probably kept us busier than anything, the flu like symptoms," said Webster.

Alabama assistant health officer Dr. Mary McIntyre said while usually the elderly are more susceptible to the flu, there is a new target this year.

"Seems to be a population it seems to be focusing on, having it more severe, and those are young adults," said Dr. McIntyre. "We're telling people to really think about getting those shots. It doesn't matter if they think they're healthy or not."

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