Flu now widespread this season in Virginia, expected to hit Hampton Roads soon


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Look out, the flu is coming.

According to the latest CDC influenza tracker, the virus is widespread in Virginia, but, Dr. Mulin Desai with Patient First told 10 On Your Side he’s not seeing it everywhere in Hampton Roads yet.

“I was in Chesapeake over the past weekend and I did see a lot of cases there, however in Virginia Beach and Hampton I haven’t seen it come over just yet.”

Right now most patients are coming in with congestion and sinus infections and the parking lots are packed.

The post holiday rush is no coincidence. Every year people traveling around the country for Christmas bring back germs, and with most kids back in school a couple of days now, Dr. Desai said it’s time to remind them: “No sharing cups and spoons, the flu is  spread by respiratory droplets, so when you’re coughing, sneezing, use a tissue or cough and sneeze into your sleeve or your elbow.”

The flu he said is like a really bad cold, only unlike a cold that comes on gradually, the flu hits suddenly and with force.

Symptoms include high fever, body and muscle aches, fatigue and congestion.

If you’re not sure what you have, Dr. Desai says get checked out. “Wait three or four days as far as, if you think it’s just a bad cold, However, if you do really think it’s the flu, if you’re having the real high fever spikes with the body aches and fatigue, you want to get that, truthfully within the first 48 hours.”

That’s because there are antiviral drugs that might shorten the length of the flu, but you have to use them within the first day or two of symptoms. Otherwise, get lots of rest and fluids and stay away from school and work for at least 24 hours after your fever breaks.

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