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Possible flu death in Mobile reported by state; another flu victim is critical

Wes Byrne, 44, is in critical condition at Springhill Medical Center. (Photo: Byrne family) Wes Byrne, 44, is in critical condition at Springhill Medical Center. (Photo: Byrne family)
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, there is at least one potential death associated with the flu in Mobile.

FOX10 News is contacting local health officials to get more details.  

Meantime, we do know that a Mobile man is in critical condition because of complications from the flu.

Wes Byrne, 44, lies in critical condition at Springhill Medical Center.

His wife tells us his flu caused pneumonia.

She says he first started feeling sick last Friday, but he continued to go to work over the weekend. She had to call 911 on Tuesday.

Lindsay Byrne said, "It's really depressing. It's sad. It's your best friend. You want to do what you can for him, but you can't. You're just depending upon the doctors to do everything in their power to get him well."

The Mobile County Health Department sent us some alarming numbers.

The county has tracked 1,148 positive tests this flu season, the health department says. At this time last year, there were only 325.

Officials say we aren't even to the peak of flu season yet, which is normally mid-February.

For the entire flu season last year, there were 1,009 positive tests, a number the county has already surpassed this year.

Free flu shots in Baldwin County on Friday

The Alabama Department of Health is offering free flu shots Friday (Jan. 26) in Baldwin County at the office on Gilbert Street in Robertsdale. 

The hours are from 9:30 a.m. until noon, and then the clinic will reopen at 1 p.m. and offer them until 3:30 p.m.

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