Flu season comes late this year

A fever, cough and sore throat are all symptoms you may be feeling as flu cases spread in Kentucky. Illinois and Tennessee are also affected.

Penny Korte would usually spend her day working at a school, but on Thursday she found herself at the doctor’s office.

"I had fever, cough, headache, aches and pains," Korte said.

She felt all the typical flu symptoms.

"I was surprised this late in the year, flu season, getting it," Korte said.

Baptist Health Prime Care Medical Director David Saxon says usually he sees a surge in flu cases in November through December, but this year he didn’t start seeing it until earlier this week.

"Every year is a little bit variable. It could be that the flu immunization was more effective this year and it took a while for us to get a strain that was able to go more easily through the population," Saxon said.

Saxon says he prescribes Tamiflu, an antiviral medication, in these cases. Since the virus is hitting late this year, he says many local pharmacies are stocked and ready for the late flu season.   
Doctors say it’s best to get treated within the first 48 hours of getting the flu. Head to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website to find out what you can do to prevent it.

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