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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Flu Season in Huron County

Huron County | by Dianne Colgan  

Another type of virus hit people over Christmas, but influenza virus is here.

You may have been one of many in the country who got sick over the Christmas holiday, but it likely wasn't the flu.

Huron County Public Health Nurse Ruth Ann Ogilvie says there was a lot of cases of rhinovirus going around recently -- which is another type of virus that causes sore throat and fever.

Ogilvie says they do see an increase in sickness when the weather gets colder because more people stay inside and viruses travel quicker in closed spaces.

She says the influenza virus will typically leave you feeling muscle aches and a fever -- many people describe it as feeling like they've hit by a truck.

Ogilvie says while the flu virus is starting to pick up now, you can still get a vaccine if you wish at the Health Unit by calling and making an appointment or contacting your doctor.

And if you're already starting to see people in the workplace taking days off for sickness, the flu vaccine usually takes about two weeks to fully work into your system.

Ogilvie says the flu season continues until about April and the Health Unit still recommends it as your best defence against influenza.



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