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Hottest month on record targets health of certain age groups more than others

It's the hottest August ever. The record breaking heat has killed 12 people.

That's the highest number reported in the state in more than a decade.

WAFF 48 Elizabeth Gentle talked to emergency personnel today about the extreme temperature's impact on our health.

Late Thursday afternoon a digital thermometer on Highway 72 displayed 111 degrees.

It's extreme heat that's dangerous to your health, especially for certain age groups.

A new study shows people between the ages of 25 and 44 sought medical help for heat-related illness.

Don Webster is the Chief Operations Officer with HEMSI.

He said many people-- including football players, construction workers, and anyone who has to work outside-- are susceptible to heat related illnesses.

Elderly residents who remain indoors all day are not completely immune either.

Even if they decide to not run their air conditioners, it's best to at least open a window so that air can circulate. Also remember to drink plenty of water.

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