Holiday season in full swing, influenza A cases rise

Meritus Health officials are seeing cases of the flu on the rise in the community.

Meritus reported a positivity rate of nearly 12% for flu specimens collected by the health system over the past week.

Seasonal influenza activity is elevated across the country, and the best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu is by getting a vaccine.

“Vaccinations help to prevent infection, and prevents serious outcomes in people who get vaccinated, but still get the flu,” said Dr. Douglas Spotts, chief health officer.

“We are just beginning this holiday season, and it’s important that everyone take the time to get vaccinated so that they can spend the time with their loved ones later this season,” he added.

Similar to a cold, flu symptoms include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, a runny and/or stuffed nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. Some flu patients also experience diarrhea and vomiting, but the flu’s telltale sign is that it hits fast and furious.

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