7 Healthcast: Sick season
"Started out with a sore throat, then it became the next day as a cough, then became nausea," said flu patient Julie Hoang.
If you haven't already been here this season, then you're one of the lucky ones.
"We're seeing more viral flu-like illnesses that are typically more common cold symptoms although there has been some sort of a larengio-tracheo bronchitis going around," said family physician Dr. Don Dillahunty.
And Julie is right in the middle of it.
"I kept working and then today it kind of hit me, like when I drove into the parking lot and I was gonna go into work, I just couldn't get up out of the car," Hoang said.
"If you're sick yourself then you need to be home," Dr. Dillahunty said.
Dr. Dillahunty believes this is part of the reason these illnesses spread so quickly, not to mention a busy holiday travel season.
"Whether we're traveling by rail or by air or by car, it can really spread from one side to another rapidly," Dr. Dillahunty said.
And when you're feeling like Julie, the best thing to do is visit your doctor.
The flu usually peaks in the United States between December and March, most commonly in February. So, if you haven't gotten a flu shot there's still time.
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