Doctors See Increase in Cold and Flu Symptoms

By: Carly Stephenson Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- As this cold weather hangs around, you'll hear people say "there's something going around."

It may be more than one thing as doctors are seeing a lot of sore throats, fevers and even some flu cases.

"Right now, it's been nonstop," said Diana Marquez, a clinical assistant at Valley Urgent Care.

Doctors at urgent care centers in the Valley have their hands full of the same symptoms.

"Whether it's a sore throat versus a bronchitis or laryngitis or influenza, so we're really seeing a mix of everything," said Dr. Chetna Dua at MedExpress Urgent Care.

"Cough, congestion, you know, stuffy nose," said Marquez.

Flu season peaks in January and February and there have been a few cases at Valley Urgent Care just in the last two weeks.

"If you're having what looks like a sore throat and you're like, well it's just allergies, but you do also have the body aches and you also have the cough, you might want to get seen," said Marquez.

Cold temperatures are also playing a part in busy waiting rooms.

"When it's cold outside, people tend to stay together and that does increase the chances of spread of infections from one person to the other," said Dua.

There are steps you can take to keep from getting sick.

"Definitely lots of handwashing. Hand sanitizer," said Nina Williamson, a registered nurse at Valley Urgent Care, "If you do come down with something, stay at home for 24 hours past having a fever, make sure you're fever free."

Remember, there is still time to get your flu shot, which a prevention method doctors say will help stop the spread of the virus.

"Because it's a very serious illness and can be very detrimental especially to people older age, as well as younger children, prevention is absolutely better than cure," said Dua.

Doctors said it takes about two weeks for the flu shot to be effective and the best time to get one is earlier in the day before kids get out of school.


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