In this week's What's Going Around report, local doctors have been saying it for weeks, now federal health officials are echoing their warning... Get ready for a bad flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this is the earliest flu season in a decade. Director Thomas Frieden says "the strain of flu that is most common so far this year H3N2, has been associated with more severe flu seasons and more very young and very old people getting severely ill."
There is good news. This year's flu vaccine is a good match to fight this year's bug.
The health department has also noticed an increase in gastrointestinal viruses. They're likely norovirus and rotavirus.
The rotavirus disease causes severe watery diarrhea, often with vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. With norovirus, the symptoms are similar, stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and vomiting. Norovirus is very contagious. You can get it from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.
To prevent it, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly, and frequently with soap and water.