Good Day Alabama for January 16, 2014

Good Day Alabama for January 16, 2014

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for January 16, 2014:

JEH JEH LIVE - Alabama's largest Marine Expo, The Birmingham Boat Show launches its' 43rd consecutive run at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, today thru January 19th, 2014.  The Birmingham Boat Show is the perfect starting place to gain the necessary knowledge for both the beginning outdoor enthusiast, as well as the seasoned professional. The Birmingham Boat Show includes both local boat dealers as well as dealers from across the entire great state of Alabama. Dubbed by the nation's major engine and boat manufacturers as a Tier One Show, the Birmingham Boat Show is the perfect bowl game for outdoor enthusiasts. This year's Birmingham Boat Show will set a statewide record with 21 boat dealers from throughout the state. Complete boat dealer & show information can be found at www.BirminghamBoatShow.Com

LIFESOUTH BLOOD SHORTAGE
- LifeSouth Community Blood Centers says blood supplies are low. It asks that you donate as soon as possible if you can. LifeSouth provides almost 80% of blood to local hospitals.

FLU - Janice talked with Dr. Mark Wilson, head of the Jefferson County Health Department, about the flu. He says some common signs and symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue (very tired), and vomiting and diarrhea (mostly in children). It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever. Virtually all the cases have been Influenza Type A, and many of those have been H1N1 (or "Swine Flu") - the same strain we saw in the 2009 pandemic.  As before, this strain is causing more severe illness - including hospitalizations and some deaths - in young and middle-aged people.  Other strains of influenza have typically hit people over the age of 65 the hardest.  It's unusual for there to be a second peak as high as we saw last month, but we can't be sure how the season is going to play out. There could be a second smaller peak.   Typically, influenza cases continue through March or so, and possibly as late as May.  If you haven't been vaccinated, the Health Department still recommends you get vaccinated this season. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated. The influenza vaccine cannot cause the flu, because it is contains either inactivated virus, or no virus at all.  Most people tolerate the flu vaccine very well, but it can cause soreness at the injection site, and sometimes a mild fever and muscle aches. If you have severe illness or you are in a high risk category, such as age over 65 or some underlying illness such as lung disease that makes you more vulnerable, you should contact a health care provider as soon as possible to discuss possible treatment with an antiviral drug.  These medicines don't have a dramatic effect on the course of the illness, but in some cases they could mean the difference between uncomplicated course and something more dangerous.  Otherwise, be sure to keep yourself hydrated.  You can treat the symptoms with acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) ond other over-the-counter symptom relievers.  Also, it is important to avoid spreading it to others: stay home, cover your cough, wash your hands. For more information, visit www.jcdh.org.

RENEW OUR RIVERS - Renew Our Rivers begins its 15th year with a student Cleanup Classic. On Saturday morning, Jan. 18, more than 100 student-anglers from high schools across the state will help kick off the 15th year of Renew Our Rivers with the Cleanup Classic on Lay Lake. The event features high school angler teams from the Alabama Bass Trail fishing series in a competition to see who can pick up the most trash. The event begins at 7 a.m. on Lay Lake and concludes at noon with a tournament-style weigh-in at Beeswax Landing. The top three teams receive cash prizes.  This summer, students will be invited to participate in a workshop, where they will construct fish habitats. The workshop is being sponsored and hosted by Alabama Power's environmental stewardship team. In the fall, students will help install the habitats in Alabama Power lakes. The Alabama Power Foundation is also marking the 15th year of Renew Our Rivers with the launch of "Students to Stewards," a program designed to encourage conservation education. Through a competitive application process, Students to Stewards will provide support for dynamic stewardship and conservation projects that educate youth about the importance of the state's unique ecosystems - encouraging students to become better stewards of the environment. The Cleanup Classic is the first of more than 30 Renew Our Rivers volunteer events scheduled in 2014. Since its inception in 2000, more than 56,000 volunteers have collected more than 13 million pounds of trash and debris from waterways across the Southeast. For an up-to-date listing of Renew Our Rivers cleanups scheduled in 2014, please visit www.renewourrivers.com or go to www.alabamapower.com and click on "Lakes & Recreation."

OUR HOUSE - Amanda LeBlanc is one of the south's finest organizing experts. This morning she showed us how to organize a small basement space into a new bedroom for two young girls. For more ideas, visit http://theamandas.com/.

PET OF THE WEEK - Hailey Rogers with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society introduced us to a pet today looking for a forever home! Her name is Rain. For more information on today's pet or others up for adoption, call (205) 942-1211 or visit gbhs.org.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, it's going to be cold enough for a polar plunge and that's just what Jeh Jeh plans to do! He joins us with the scoop on how you can do one this weekend! Find out how you can help with the MLK Day of Service on Monday! We check out the top gossip about your favorite Hollywood stars! Comedian Corey Holcomb joins us to kick off our weekend with some laughs! And Rev Run from Run DMC joins us with the scoop on his new show where his home gets a makeover! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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