The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a sharp increase of influenza activity last week.
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He says anyone who is showing symptoms of the flu should consider staying home, rather than risk infecting others. So far, 19 people have already died from the flu or related illnesses during this season.
TDSHS reported a spike in cases during the first week of December and that trend has continued, though there was a slight drop in cases from Week 50 to Week 51. By avoiding contact with people who have it and one of the best ways to do that is with a smartphone and smartwatch app.
"If (the patients) are vaccinated, their course (of flu) is shorter and less severe, one day they start feeling worse and feel bad for two to three days, but better within five to seven days", Modi said. "It's important to know that it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect".More news: Chris Simms' NFL Divisional Playoff Picks
While parents will be sending their children back to school this week, medical experts say there are precautions that can be taken to protect oneself and others from flu.
The ADPH suggests that everyone 6 months and older receive the "quadrivalent vaccine", the flu vaccine that protects against four influenza strains, because one of the strains in circulation in Alabama (Type B/Yamagata) is only included in the quadrivalent vaccine.
Not everyone with flu will have a fever. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections are examples of complications from flu. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition.More news: Rory McIlroy tells Telegraph of heart irregularity after China virus scare