The word has come from Winona Health that the flu has hit the Winona area. Thatís the bad news. The good news is that there is plenty of flu vaccine here, and there is still time to get your shot.
How do you know when you have the flu, and not just a winter cold? According to Robin Hoeg, RN MS, the flu that has affected local people is all respiratory, and is characterized by a chronic cough, a high fever (102 to 103 degrees), difficulty breathing, and green sputum. In children, watch for a persistently runny nose.
This flu is not attacking one age group more than another, as some have done in the past. All age groups are affected equally.
Hoeg urges people to get flu shots, and advises that if you think you have the flu, call your health care provider, who may be able to help you over the phone. Your provider will want to know how long youíve been suffering from symptoms.
In any event, everyone is strongly advised to get the vaccine. This flu is widespread in the U.S., and has caused enough fatalities to put the outbreak into the epidemic category, both in children and adults, and is nothing to ignore.
Get your flu shot!