Brewton Medical Center News
he United States experiences annual epidemics of seasonal flu. This time of year is called "flu season." In the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October and November. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May. CDC monitors certain key flu indicators (for example, outpatient visits of influenza-like illness (ILI), the results of laboratory testing and reports of flu hospitalizations and deaths). When these indicators rise and remain elevated for a number of consecutive weeks, "flu season" is said to have begun. Usually ILI increases first, followed by an increase in flu-associated hospitalizations, which is then followed by increases in flu-associated deaths.
If you have not already done so please get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in our community. We have already started to experience a small number of positive flu test. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated today. No appointment needed.