Flu Hits Bowling Green

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

Kentucky is one of 41 states already reporting widespread cases of the flu.

And Bowling Green is not exempt Urgent Care and The Medical Center who say they have seen an increase of people with the virus.

"If it's positive for A it would be the first line on top and if it's positive for B it would be the second line on the bottom,"says Dr. Medhat Grace, at Urgent Care, as he describes the flu test.

This is just 1 of 250 flu test urgent care has run since the beginning of January. One hundred people have tested positive.

"There has been an increase in the flu symptoms and patients presented with flu illness, and many of them they have positive influenza,"says Grace.

"I would say we are more busy this time of year than normal because of the flu virus going around,"says Kelly Henson, Physician Assistant at The Medical Center.

Henson says she has already seen 6 people with the flu today, and it's affecting all ages.

"I've probably seen a few more children but plenty of adults have the virus as well,"says Henson.

On average we touch our face 2,000 times a day and that is how the virus is easily spread.

"Keep a healthy diet stay well hydrated, and Vitamin C,"says Dr. Grace.

And if you have symptoms such as congestion, headaches, chills, and fever it may be time to visit your doctor.

"It's very important to be checked early because we are able to treat the flu virus with Tamiflu if caught within the first 48 hours,"says Henson.

Doctor Grace says it's not too late to get your flu shot, even if you still get the virus symptoms will not be as severe with the vaccine.

To monitor the flu in your area you can go to flunearyou.org

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