Virginia residents hit by the flu

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by Emily Rau

WVEC.com

Posted on January 21, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 21 at 6:57 PM

HAMPTON ROADS – Experts say the Flu is becoming more widespread in Hampton Roads every day.

The Centers for Disease Control says Virginia is enduring its fourth straight week of widespread flu activity. 

Dr. Gregory Pierce of Patient First says he’s been keeping busy.

"Almost down to the hour people will say I was doing okay until 11:00 last night and that's when I started getting the achiness, the fever, sore throat, coughing, sometimes some stomach problems with that too," Pierce said.

Pierce says the increase in cases is pretty typical for this time of year.

"Typically the things that Dr. Mom and Dr. Dad already know how to do as far as get plenty of rest, take Acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever, achiness,” added Pierce.  “If they're not eating well it's okay as long as they're doing well with liquids.”
   
Though flu shot clinics have been active since Fall on both the Southside and the Peninsula, health officials say it’s not too late to get a shot.

"You want to get a flu shot not only to protect yourself but those that you love especially those young children 6 months and under," said Tiffany Silmon with the Norfolk Public Health Department.

Silmon says they’ve seen an increase of influenza-like illness in the school system.  She urges parents to keep kids home when they’re not feeling well until they’re fever-free.


 

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