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The Flu is Starting to Arrive

by Sue Hubbard, M.D.

We are just starting to see influenza in the office and there currently seems to be more Influenza A in our area and a smattering of Influenza B.

The flu “looks” the same this year, with fever, body aches, sore throat, cough and fatigue. For the verbal patients they all comment that they just “feel like I have been hit by a truck” and that is a big truck. Flu in younger children is sometimes harder to diagnose, as the toddler set often tolerates a fever and body aches a little better than older children, at least in terms of complaints.

Then new problem with flu this year is that this “smart” virus is showing resistance to antiviral drugs that we have previously used to help prevent the spread of the flu among family members and also to shorten the course of the illness in the patient. Many of the Influenza A pockets around the country are showing drug resistance, much more prevalent than ever before and that is a cause for concern.

So, bottom line, it is imperative to get a flu shot and hope that we can all just skip the flu this year, and head to spring.

That’s your daily dose, we’ll chat tomorrow.

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