CDC Considers Flu Widespread In Alabama

| January 9, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Matt Crouch, Auburn University

This year’s strain of influenza is now considered “widespread” in Alabama and is likely to increase, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With the flu now in its peak season, experts at Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy encourage people to take advantage of the vaccine.

Alabama is one of 19 states reporting high levels of the flu. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, almost every county in the state is reporting significant flu activity. What makes this spike in activity more significant is data that many adults have put off getting the flu vaccine.

According to a recent survey by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, 43 percent of American adults said they had already received a flu shot. The majority of people who hadn’t been vaccinated already, 41 percent of the total sample, said they were not planning to get the shot at all. Fourteen percent said they were planning to get a flu shot but had not done so yet.

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