Flu on the rise in North Alabama: What you should do

Flu season is expected to not be over until at least March. One doctor stressed it's not too late to get your flu shot.

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 5:16 PM
Updated: Mar 10, 2020 3:42 PM

Flu activity is on the rise, and now the Alabama Department of Public Health is warning about an uptick in north Alabama.

The ADPH told WAAY 31 people getting vaccinated for the flu should make sure they are getting the vaccination containing four strains this year. The department believes that vaccination is the most effective this year.

A Huntsville doctor WAAY 31 talked with said no matter what your age is it's one way to protect yourself.

"First of all it's life and death. Children under 8 and people over 65 that get the flu -- we are talking about life or death, " said Dr. Nick Prylinski.

Prylinski told WAAY 31 now is the time to protect yourself because flu are increasing in his office.

"It's definitely starting to get a lot busier. I've seen a lot of flu already," he said.

The doctor shared with us his biggest advice to avoid getting the flu.

"Keep your hands away from your face. Try not to be touching around your nose and your mouth a lot -- especially around people that are sick," he added.

He also says if you are in one of the high-risk age groups, then there are extra steps you can take when it comes to the flu shot.

"In children under 8 you can actually get two flu shots. You can get one before flu season starts in October or November when they first get released and actually repeat it again in the middle of flu season," he said.

Flu season is expected to not be over until at least March. Prylinski stressed it's not too late to get your flu shot.

The ADPH told WAAY 31 Thursday that they have received no reports of flu deaths in the state this flu season. However, only pediatric flu deaths are required to be reported.

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