Alabama declares state of emergency from flu; Florida dealing with widespread outbreak

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"After the holiday season, it can be particularly hard to find influenza vaccine" said Dusty Warden, outreach coordinator for Immunize El Paso.

On Monday alone, Parkland's emergency department had seen 930 patients - double what the hospital typically sees for people with flu symptoms by this time of year, Dr. Joseph Chang, associate chief medical officer for Parkland, told CBS11. Babies, the elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic diseases should take special approaches to avoiding and dealing with the flu and should see their primary care provider for antiviral medication if they are ill, he said.

Lyndy Stone, Shannon Medical Center's director of marketing, said unlike other areas in Texas or around the USA, no deaths have been directly related to the flu in San Angelo.

Nearly 700 confirmed cases of influenza have hit the Province of Saskatchewan, but the good news is it looks as though flu season has hit it's peak.


Along with the flu, doctors say they are also seeing an increase of Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, in adults.

Flu season usually runs from September through May, with Pueblo seeing it's first case in October.

Normally one type picks up after the other has peaked, she said, but that's not the case, this year. Over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen may reduce fever and alleviate some symptoms.

It appears the worst of the flu season may be over in Saskatchewan. Doctors say there's still time for people to get the shot - which takes two weeks to become effective - and stay protected for the rest of the flu season.


The H1N1 component of 2017-2018 flu vaccines was updated.

While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.

If you are sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Germs spread this way.


Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.

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