Influenza outbreaks kill two adults, one child | Alabama | The Epoch Times

[The Epoch Times, Tachwedd 17, 2022](Epoch Times reporter Wang Zhu, Alabama comprehensive report) The Alabama Department of Health (ADPH) reports that as the virus continues to spread across the state, two adults and two adults died in the One child died of illness in related to flu. All regions of the state have seen a marked increase in flu, with the rate of cases climbing from 10.9% in the week ending October 24 to 11.54% last week, with more than 100 cases reported per week last only, mainly between the ages of 5 and 5. and 24, ADPH said, young people. The flu, which is particularly severe in young children, has led to a “surge in visits” at Children’s Hospital Alabama.

“This is the highest number of flu cases we’ve seen this early in the season since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic,” Wes Stubblefield, a pediatrician and regional medical officer for the state Department of Public Health, said at a news conference on the rate .” said Nola Ernest, president of the Alabama chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It shows no signs of slowing down.”

The ADPH recommends that all young children and adults over 6 months of age get the flu vaccine for the best protection against the virus, adding that the vaccine is safe for adults 65 and over, children under 5, women pregnant, those with weak immunity. systems, and people with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease are particularly important.

In addition to the flu vaccine, which takes about two weeks to provide full protection, the CDC recommends the following precautions: avoid close contact with people who are sick; protect others by keeping as much distance as possible when they are sick; stay home when they are sick; Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue; wash your hands often; do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth; practice other good health habits such as cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, getting enough sleep, exercising, drinking enough water and eating nutritious food etc.

Editor in charge: Shang Ming

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