2 Flu Deaths in Mobile County This Week

2 Flu Deaths in Mobile County This Week

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MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA - Two local residents have died in hospitals after being admitted for flu-like symptoms, public health officials said Monday.

One victim was a 26-year-old male who had experienced flu-symptoms and a respiratory illness for at least three days at home, health officials said. He died Monday, Dec. 30. The other victim was a 40-year-old male who was hospitalized for four days before dying Dec. 24.

The public is reminded that flu shots also are available on weekdays without an appointment -- for $15 -- from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Health Department’s Immunization Clinic at 251 N. Bayou St. The shots are available by appointment at the Health Department’s outlying clinics. Appointments also can be made by calling 251-690-8889. Flu shots also are available at area drug stores and other health care providers.

The 2013-2014 flu vaccine is an inactivated vaccine that contains killed viruses and is given with a needle. It contains three seasonal influenza viruses that are grown in eggs. The vaccine will protect against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during this flu season, health officials said. The seasonal flu vaccine is available to those 6 months of age and older.

According to Eichold, vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of severe influenza and their close contacts, health care personnel and close contacts of children younger than 6 months old.  

For more information, call the Health Department’s Immunization Clinic at 251-690-8821.

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