DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - The flu season is about to take hold. So far, Alabama has one of the highest rates of confirmed flu cases. Doctors said now is the time to get vaccinated, before the bug 'bites' you and your family.
The Centers for Disease Control tracks reported flu cases. Since the end of September, there are only three states reporting what is called "local activity," and Alabama is one of them. The next level would be "regional activity," and then "widespread activity." Right now, no states are at that level.
Decatur Morgan Hospital's Parkway Medical Center campus reports no flu cases in October. The American Family Care clinic in Decatur said they haven't had a confirmed case yet, but they expect a lot will be coming in soon. A doctor there said it is important to get vaccinated – not only to prevent the flu, but also to lessen its strength if you do catch it.
"It will dissipate quicker and it will be less intense. Hopefully you won't be out of commission or out of work for too long, maybe a day or two versus a full week. It looks like we're in plenty of stock right now, but you want to be aware that it will probably take about two weeks for it to really kick in for the immunity," said Dr. Ryan Gragorio.
The Alabama Department of Public Health reported that the highest flu activity is currently in Mobile County.