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Flu Season Lingers on

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Allergy season is here in the Region, but while flu activity is low in Indiana and other states, a wave of influenza B virus is making the rounds.  In their weekly Influenza Report, The Centers for Disease Control says that it is possible that significant flu activity could continue into May. 
Flu Season Lingers on
According to the CDC for the week ending April 26, 2014, while Indiana was among states with minimal flu activity, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Texas were reporting low to moderate activity.   So the CDC still thinks it's a good idea for people to get a flu vaccine if they have not yet this season.   While antiviral drugs are a second line of defense to treat flu illness the organization recommends that people at high risk of serious flu illness should call a health care provider if they get flu symptoms.
Flu Symptoms & Severity
Influenza Symptoms
Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:
    Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
    Cough
    Sore throat
    Runny or stuffy nose
    Muscle or body aches
    Headaches
    Fatigue (tiredness)
    Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
* It's important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
 
People at Higher Risk from Flu
Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to flu can happen at any age, but some people are at higher risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.
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