Flu season earlier this year

LEWISBURG – With the cold weather comes the flu and a local doctor says this year is no exception.   Dr. Michael Donegan of Evangelical Community Hospital says, “Generally it is a winter time illness that peaks around February.  This year it is peaking earlier.  Usually it is a fairly abrupt onset of an illness where a patient develops a fever, aches and respiratory-type symptoms like a cough or a sore throat.

Donegan gives flu prevention tips such as covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often, avoiding touching your face and stay at home when you are ill.  But, what if you feel you already have the flu?  “If you are seen early enough there are treatments for the flu.  Usually we like to see patients within 48 hours of their symptoms.  After that, patients usually are getting better and the medicine doesn’t really help.”

Dr. Donegan also recommends getting a flu shot.  He says the more people that are vaccinated; the less flu will be spread around.  You can find more flu prevention and treatment tips online at www.wkok.com. (Sara Bartlett)

 

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