What's Going Around: Seasonal Flu & Upper Respiratory Infections

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

December 10, 2012

Seasonal flu and upper respiratory infections are going around central Virgina this week.

Dr. Bryce Kellems of Forest Lakes Family Medicine says the seasonal flu is going around. Although, there have only been a few confirmed cases in the Commonwealth, it has been reported in numerous states. Symptoms include fever, generalized body aches, sore throat, cough and runny nose.

Dr. Kellems recommends an anti-viral medicine for severe symptoms. He says getting a flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu.

Dr. Phyllis Montellese of Spring Creek Family Medicine says upper respiratory infections with a cough are going around. Symptoms include a cough that lasts up to two weeks, sore throat, chest and sinus congestion, hoarseness and a possible fever.

Dr. Montellese suggests a few different medications like cough syrups, decongestants and ibuprofen all depending on your symptoms.

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