Flu cases continue to rise

This has been one of the worst flu seasons in recent years and medical professionals say the peak has yet to come.

The Alabama Department of Public Health is investigating 54 flu-related deaths across the state with one of those being a child.

The Center for Disease Control has even received reports of anti-viral drug shortages in some places.

Doctors urge the public to take the necessary precautions for prevention.

"So the best way to prevent from getting the flu is trying to stay away from people that have it, of course. With children in school and being at work, the best thing that we do in our office is wash your hands. People ask me all the time 'How do you keep from getting the flu?' I wash my hands all the time and I try to keep my hands away from my face," said Dr. Rodd Whitaker, pediatrician at Enterprise Medical Clinic.

A recent flu report by the CDC says influenza activity is now widespread in 48 states and Puerto Rico, down from 49 states in the previous two weeks.

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