Local report: Flu season arriving

January 2, 2013

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Although not all flu-like symptoms turn out to be the real deal, the flu season is upon us – and the vaccine is available.

Among patients treated at Lake Granbury Medical Center last week, there were a total of 61 showing flu-like symptoms but only three tested positive for the flu, according to Denise Pratt, LGMC’s director of Infection Control and Employee Health. Two were Type A and one was Type B.

She said that sometimes symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and coughs are sometimes mistakenly associated with actual flu. Those symptoms can be caused by a stomach virus instead.

During a free flu shot event sponsored by Ruth’s Place on Dec. 19 at StoneWater Church in Granbury, 160 free flu shots were given.

“They are seeing it in the community,” Pratt said Friday afternoon, adding that the peak time frame for flu in this area is usually in February. “We’re seeing an increase in cases prior to our (normal) peak time.”

She said that after a flu shot, it takes the body about two weeks to build up the anitbodies to prevent flu.

Pratt said that because of the number of patients with heart problems and other serious health isssues who are in the hospitial, it’s best for anyone with flu symptoms to see their primary care physician. Also, flu shots are available at a wide variety of locations.

Children under 6 months of age and elderly people are most vulnerable.

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