Holiday gatherings could exacerbate Alabama’s deadly flu season

Alabama’s flu season got off to a deadly start and is far from over. The flu has already killed 9 adults and 2 children in the state. The entire state of Alabama is riddled with significant flu activity, according to the Alabama Department of Health. That includes Jefferson County, where the flu is proving to be a big problem for some. “It’s not just a bad cold,” emphasizes Dr. Wesley Willeford of the Jefferson County Department of Health. “You feel absolutely awful with the flu. You can have a lot of body aches, high fever.” The students are now back at school after a week off for Thanksgiving. It’s possible that some students caught the flu or other virus during a holiday gathering and could potentially pass it on to classmates. “Because that’s the thing, when kids bring home a disease, they don’t just have it themselves,” adds Dr. Added Willeford. “They give it to their siblings, they give it to their parents, they give it to everyone else who lives in the household.” Thanksgiving gatherings may be on the books now, but Christmas is just around the corner. Another chance to spread more diseases. “With the flu being so widespread right now, it might be worth for people to limit contact with those who may be at serious risk,” says Dr. Wes Stubblefield of the Alabama Department of Public Health. Including those who are pregnant or in a nursing home. Doctors say COVID-19 isn’t nearly as much of a problem as the flu right now, but they worry it could be in the coming weeks. “We’re just getting to the point where these cases would start showing up,” says Willeford. Doctors are urging people with symptoms to stay home and avoid worsening an already significant problem. Additionally, doctors are encouraging everyone to keep up to date on their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Alabama’s flu season got off to a deadly start and is far from over. The flu has already killed 9 adults and 2 children in the state.

According to the Alabama Department of Health, the entire state of Alabama is riddled with significant flu activity. That includes Jefferson County, where the flu is proving to be a big problem for some.

“It’s not just a bad cold,” emphasizes Dr. Wesley Willeford of the Jefferson County Department of Health. “You feel absolutely awful with the flu. You can have a lot of body aches, high fever.”

The students are now back at school after a week off for Thanksgiving. It’s possible that some students caught the flu or other virus during a holiday gathering and could potentially pass it on to classmates.

“Because that’s the thing, when kids bring home a disease, they don’t just have it themselves,” adds Dr. Added Willeford. “They give it to their siblings, they give it to their parents, they give it to everyone else who lives in the household.”

Thanksgiving gatherings may be on the books now, but Christmas is just around the corner. Another chance to spread more diseases.

“With the flu being so widespread right now, it might be worth for people to limit contact with those who may be at serious risk,” says Dr. Wes Stubblefield of the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Including those who are pregnant or in a nursing home. Doctors say COVID-19 isn’t nearly as much of a problem as the flu right now, but they worry it could be in the coming weeks.

“We’re just getting to the point where these cases would start showing up,” says Willeford.

Doctors are urging people with symptoms to stay home and avoid worsening an already significant problem. Additionally, doctors are encouraging everyone to keep up to date on their flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.

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