3 flu-related deaths in Alabama; widespread activity throughout state – AL.com

Three flu-related deaths have been confirmed in Alabama, according to state health officials.

The Alabama Department of Public Health said significant flu activity has been detected in seven of eight districts in the state, with only Mobile listed as having “no significant influenza activity.” The highest levels are reported in the southeastern area of the state, where almost 14 percent of all doctor’s visits are due to flu or flu-like illnesses.

Statewide, almost 9 percent of doctor’s visits are due to the flu, well above the ADPH threshold of 3 percent.

The deaths were all among non-pediatric patients, according to ADPH. No pediatric flu-related deaths have been reported in the state; 27 have been reported nationally.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates so far this season there have been at least 6.4 million flu illnesses, 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths from flu.

Flu season generally runs from October to March.

You can see more on how to protect yourself from the flu here.

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