REALITY CHECK: Stop the flu before it starts

(IMAGE: WPMI) REALITY CHECK: Stop the flu before it starts

Just last week four school districts in Alabama were closed due to flu outbreaks.

Now we’re on flu-watch in our area as schools, offices, restaurants, and doctors offices are in sanitizing mode, with the heart of flu season upon us.

The last thing Chasen Stanley of Mobile County wants to deal with is the flu or the flu shot.

“Every time I’ve gotten one I’ve gotten the flu,” said Stanley.

He makes a point to shop for healthy grocery options to keep the bug away.

“I stay healthy all year. Plenty of vitamin C. I hardly ever get sick,” said Stanley.

Flu shot or not, Doctor Richard Oyler with compass urgent care says the flu’s hitting north Alabama hard.

“We’re just now starting to see an uptick again. And it’s really bad in north Alabama right now so we expect it here any day,” he said.

There are a host of ways you can catch it or spread it.

For example, lots of hands touch gas station pumps, grocery carts, doorknobs, refrigerator handles at work or home, and TV remote controls.

Dr. O says people need to be extra careful when heading to the gym.

“Make sure that the equipment’s clean. Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth, don’t share a towel with someone,” he said.

Just keep in mind: Where there’s a lot of foot traffic, there’s a good chance there’s a lot of germs to follow.

Remember, the flu is different than a cold.

If you have the following symptoms—fever, chills, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose and muscle and body aches—get it checked out.

The CDC says the height of the flu season is between December and February..and if you attend Mardi Gras parades and balls , take precautions since you’ll be around a lot of people over the next month.

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