In this week's What's Going Around, there's a common theme. Make sure you're up to date on your vaccines.
It's something doctors are stressing, especially now that flu is showing up in the Valley. Doctor Arsheeya Mashaw at Page Health Care Associates says his office has diagnosed its first case of influenza.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe symptoms as fever or feeling chills. A cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose. You may also have muscle, body aches, headaches and fatigue.
Flu shots are available so get one before you get sick... especially if you're elderly, or care for the elderly or young children.
If you haven't gotten a booster for whooping cough call your doctor about that too. Augusta Health says it is still seeing a number of whooping cough cases.
In the past week a new study showed one vaccine wears off much faster than doctors thought. The whooping cough vaccine for babies and toddlers could only protect them for three years. Experts say the study is very preliminary and the results still need to be confirmed.
It's making some doctors think kids should get booster shots before they turn 11.
Doctors say this also could explain all the recent outbreaks. Anyone with concerns about the flu or whooping cough should contact their doctor.
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