Everything You Need To Know About The Flu

By: Justin Joseph Email
By: Justin Joseph Email

School grounds are always welcoming to new students. They're also grounds for unwelcome bugs like the H1N1 virus.

"It's spreading pretty fast because not many people are immune to it. It's in schools and in places where people are crowded together," says Dr. Anne O'Keefe with the Douglas County Health Department.

"It's because we have a new virus. Very few people have immunity to it. Kids have less immunity to it."

In Douglas County, of the flu cases so far this season, children between the ages five and 18 have been hit the hardest. They make up 56% of the 506 confirmed cases.

Nebraska Medical Center's Dr. Mark Rupp says if you're feeling flu symptoms, a trip to the doctor just to make a diagnosis, is unnecessary.

"We're really not seeing any seasonal flu right now. So, if you have the flu, it's swine flu. If you're otherwise healthy, you're going to weather the storm just fine."

Rupp says unless you have an underlying other condition, stay at home with plenty of fluids, Tylenol, and rest.

The Nebraska Medical Center has established a hotline for people with flu symptoms. The number is 559-9996.

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