Higher than normal influenza activity are being reported in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
The Georgia Department of Public Health says Georgia has reached an epidemic level. The Public Health Officials urge Georgians to get flu shots. Flu activity is widespread throughout the state and the number of flu related hospitalizations is high. Alabama's Department of Public Health is advising Alabamians to be immunized for influenza and follow control practices. At this time, there are no vaccine shortages in the state and all county health departments have the vaccine available. Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department have noticed the increase in influenza cases, but ithey say that its not considered an epidemic. Health Department officials also say in addition to flu vaccination, other measures can be taken to prevent illness.
The Walgreen's on Tennessee Avenue in Chattanooga says that this flu season has been busy in their pharmacy. They have seen large crowds of people come through their doors. Right now they only have a flu vaccine for people between the ages of 18 and 64. Jennifer Heath, Pharmacist said, "We are working on getting more supplies. We are going to see how that works. We just had a huge response this week that just kind of ran us out."
Flu symptoms and their intensities vary from person to person. If you think you are experiencing the flu, call or visit your doctor.