March 13, 2014
We can only hope that peak flu season will end early since it definitely started early this year.
In Page County, Dr. Jeffrey Feit is seeing the flu and vaccine-resistant flu. With a few strains of flu floating around each year, vaccine makers try to predict which ones will hit. Some of us may get the shot, but come down with a different strain. The illness is no different: seven to 10 days of fever and cough, plus possible GI symptoms. Feit reminds people that you can still treat it with Tamiflu if it is caught in the first 48 hours.
Dr. Melissa Hostetter, Waynesboro Pediatrics, is reporting cases of pink eye, influenza, strep throat and something called febrile illness. Hostetter says it’s an illness that is not flu or strep, but patients generally have the same symptoms which can include cough, congestion, sore throat, headache and body aches. Febrile illness is treated symptomatically without antibiotics.