Alabama health organizations encourage Alabamians to get flu shots

The Birmingham Times

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama Hospital Association, the Alabama State Medical Association, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama are encouraging Alabamians to get vaccinated against flu with the No Time for Flu campaign. Useful information and additional resources to help stop the spread of the flu can be found on the No Time for Flu website at

https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/flu/campaign.html.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that anyone six months and older get the flu shot as soon as possible, preferably in September or October. However, getting vaccinated anytime during flu season can provide protection because the vaccine can help reduce the risk of flu and associated hospitalizations and deaths.

Some facts according to the CDC:

  • A person with the flu can infect other people one day before any symptoms appear and up to about seven days after a person becomes ill.
  • The virus can spread to others up to six feet away, mainly when people cough, sneeze or talk.
  • The flu causes American employees to miss about 17 million days of work, which amounts to about $7 billion a year in sick days and lost productivity.
  • The latest information available from the CDC regarding the effectiveness of influenza is from 2019-2020, when the vaccine is estimated to have prevented approximately 6,300 deaths.

Statewide organizations also want to remind the public that simple hygiene efforts, such as washing your hands, covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and staying home when you are sick can also help protect against the flu.

To learn more about flu prevention and other helpful resources, go to https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/flu/campaign.html. If you have any further questions about the flu, please contact your doctor.

Contact information:

  • Wes Stubblefield, MD, Alabama Department of Public Health (256) 340-2113
  • Jeannie Gaines, Alabama Hospital Association (334) 315-7610
  • Mallory Camerio, Alabama State Medical Association (334) 954.2500
  • Sophie Martin, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (205) 220-6816

This article originally appeared in The Birmingham Times.



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