Locals get pre-spring fever | PostIndependent.com

Locals get pre-spring fever

by donna gray

Cough, cough, sniffle, sniffle. Yep, it’s officially flu season in Glenwood Springs. Kids and adults alike have been hit by the flu bug in the last couple of weeks.Cough, cough, sniffle, sniffle. Yep, it’s officially flu season in Glenwood Springs. Kids and adults alike have been hit by the flu bug in the last couple of weeks.But that’s not all.”We do have Type A and Type B flu in the community,” said Garfield County public health nurse Mary Meisner. “We do have some widespread activity at this time. We’ve also had a number of cases of chickenpox, strep and pneumonia.”It’s not unusual to see all of the above this time of year, Meisner said. Only four documented cases of flu, three of Type A and one of Type B, have been reported in the county, and those are cases in which people were hospitalized. In the county and the state overall, the highest incidence of flu has been Type A, Meisner said.Flu has taken its toll at area schools, notably Glenwood Springs and Basalt middle schools. Absences due to flu “were really high at the end of last week” at GSMS and BMS, said Fred Wall, Roaring Fork Re-1 school superintendent.Garfield County School District Re-2, on the west side of the county, has not seen many absences because of flu, said superintendent Gary Pack.”It’s just getting to our part of the world. We’ve had instances of people getting sick. It’s just started this week. We’ve not been dramatically impacted,” he said.Meisner had some good advice for flu victims and those hoping to avoid getting sick: “Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, avoid crowds as much as possible, and stay home when you’re sick,” she said.If you feel like you’re coming down with the flu – sore throat, achiness, stuffy head, headache and coughing – don’t hesitate to go to the doctor. “Antiviral medicine can really reduce flu symptoms,” Meisner said.”If someone has a really sore throat and a temperature and is sick to their stomach, go to the doctor and get (strep) ruled out,” she added. “It’s important to get into the doctor early. Don’t sit on these things. There is medicine to treat symptoms.”Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com

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