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Mobile Co. flu cases lowest in state but numbers are climbing

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Mobile County Health Department officials say the county has the lowest number of cases in the state, but the numbers are climbing and carnival season is right around the corner.

All across Alabama, schools are closing due to students with flu like symptoms. Thursday four more schools in north Alabama closed.

Yet so far in Mobile County we've only had one in Chickasaw.

"So far we are still well below the rest of the state," MCHD Public Information Officer Mark Bryant said.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health's latest flu report, seven of eight districts are reporting significant activity.

Jefferson is the highest at 9.3 percent while Mobile is the lowest at 3 percent.

Bryant says they credit the low numbers to people taking action.

"We like to think cause people in Mobile were smart enough to go ahead and get their flu shots," he said.

Mobile is not out of the woods just yet because the numbers are climbing and medical professionals warn Mardi Gras season could send it into high gear.

"The exposure," MCHD Nurse Practitioner Dominique Kimble said. "Being exposed to so many different people who may or may not have been vaccinated."

"You're going to have people at parades sneezing coughing, touching the police barricades," Bryant said.

The MCHD's urgent care issues about 50-75 flu shots a week and it's open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Medical experts say the height of flu season in Mobile County last year was the last week of February. Nurses say you still have time to get vaccinated.

"It reduces hospitalizations and also deaths so it's very important that they come and get vaccinated," Kimble said.

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