This week Alabama Governor Kay Ivey declared a Medical State of Emergency with the Flu Epidemic across the nation and in Alabama. Last week a 3rd Grader died as a result of this epidemic in Alabama as well as thers. Hospital emergency rooms and outpatient clinics are reporting a very high volume of patients. Children’s of Alabama has issued a diversion protocol as they’ve run out of beds, instead requesting that patients are diverted to a different pediatric hospital. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, there are a total of 44 potential influenza-associated deaths under investigation.