Mobile County

Positive flu tests surpass 2017 total in Mobile County

MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) - The number of positive flu tests in Mobile County has more than tripled than at this time last year. In January 2017, 325 people in Mobile County tested positive for the flu. As of today, 1,148 people have tested positive.

The total number of positive flu tests in Mobile County for the entire 2016-2017 season was approximately 1,006.

Officials with the Mobile County Health Department says the flu outbreak this year has been very unusual. 

"It's also peaking early this year," said Dr. Debra Walks. "Normally it peaks in February, so we're seeing an early peak."

The Alabama Department of Public Health is reporting every county in the state as having widespread flu activity except Mobile County. Mobile County Health Department officials say they are reporting their cases to ADPH, but because the state department uses different flu tests, ADPH may not recognize Mobile County's data.

With time still left in the flu season doctors are still encouraging you to get the flu shot. Even though this year's vaccine has not been very effective, doctors say some protection is better than none especially for those most at risk.

"The very young and the very old are at very high risk of complications from the flu," said Dr. Walks. "Also if you have chronic lung disease or chronic heart disease you're more at risk."

Doctors are also encouraging you to take your own precautions such as washing your hands and staying home if you feel sick.

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