Nationally, flu hits epidemic level

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention releases that nationally the seasonal flu has hit epidemic levels, walk in care clinics in Bowling Green say Southern Kentucky is part of that statistic.

"We're seeing a lot of the flu lately," confirmed Southern Care walk in Clinic family nurse practitioner Emiley Button. "Flu A has been more prominent here than Flu B."

Common symptoms of flu include headache, fever, aches and pains and coughing.

Button says she's also treated a lot of strep throat, stomach viruses and sinus infections. In each of these cases, the nurse practitioner asks one common thing of her patients.

"You should stay home. You need to be fever free for 24 hours, so stay away from everybody."

Button's second piece of advice was tried and true, and arguably the most simple way to ensure you and your family stay healthy all year long.

"Wash your hands. If you are sick, especially if you have a fever come within 48 hours of the fever onset."

Button places a lot of the blame for the outbreak of illness in our area on the roller coaster temperatures of the past several weeks.

"This hot and cold, I think we need several weeks of freezing temperatures before we're going to see a drop off in our illnesses."

Typically, flu season runs from November until March, hitting a high during the month of February.

Nurse practitioners strongly advise taking the flu shot, assuring it's not too late to do so.

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