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Low temps, high temps: doctors say flu season underway

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

It's the time of year where so many people end up in the doctor's office, not feeling well. Flu season is underway.

"This morning I had a guy come in who had a pretty bad case of the flu," said Dr. Scott Greenfield, Patient First. "He was pretty miserable."

And if you get it, you'll definitely know it.

"Flu is flu so generally you're going to feel pretty lousy if you get flu," said Greenfield.

Symptoms include fever, severe body aches, pain, chills and a cough that hurts in the chest. It can feel like you've "been run over by a truck".

There is still time for a flu shot, which is proving to be very effective this year.

And doctors say if you're too late and have the flu, come in immediately. Sometimes they can prescribe something to calm the suffering.

The Chesterfield Health Department says, to prevent spreading or getting the flu, you should:

  • Wash your hands often, especially after coughing, sneezing, and wiping or blowing your nose.
  • Use paper tissues when wiping or blowing your nose and throw them away after use.
  • Cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow instead of into your bare hand.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes as germs enter the body through these openings.
  • Stay home if you have flu symptoms until you are fever-free without fever medicine for 24 hours.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Stay away from crowds, if possible.
  • Get a flu shot. Fast Track Flu Shots are available at Patient First with little or no wait.
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