Doctors advise people to get flu vaccine

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Emliy Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham area doctors are already seeing flu cases before its peak  season in February.

Dr. Keith Stansell reports his waiting rooms at Alabama Pediatrics in Homewood are starting to fill  with patients with flu symptoms.  He says this year's all-in-one vaccine protects against traditional flu and the H1N1 virus, which means patients only have to get one shot.

"If we can protect people from getting an infection in the first place, then that will limit the spread and severity of disease," said Dr. Stansell.

Dr. Stansell recommends all patients older than 6 months get either a vaccine or use the nasal spray format to fend off the flu.

"For what seems like the first time in years, there haven't been any hiccups in supply," said Dr. Stansell. "We have plenty of injection and nasal spray versions of flu vaccine."

The Centers for Disease Control reports it is still too early to determine if this will be a bad year for flu cases.  Right now, there are sporadic cases across the country, but nothing too alarming.

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