What’s going around: Flu season reaches peak

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(WKOW) — Flu season is now in its peak, according to health officials, especially near the Wisconsin/Illinois state line.

Kim Mattison, RN at Beloit Area Community Health Center said the reason more cases of the flu happen in the winter is because germs spread more quickly inside where it’s warm.

Mattison recommended washing your hands as the best way to stop the spread of germs.  She also said cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, disinfect hard surfaces where the flu virus can live for 24 hours and wash sheets, towels and pajamas more often.

Since the flu is a virus antibiotics will not help with treatment said Mattison. Instead she recommended the following home remedies:

  • Take more Vitamin C
  • Increase pro-biotics
  • Gargle salt water
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Take a teaspoon of honey
  • Use a cool mist humidifier

Symptoms of the flu can include a fever, sore throat, headache, body chills or aches.  Mattison said if any of those get uncontrollable, you should get medical attention right away.

Mattison reminded, it’s not too late to get a flu shot if you have not gotten one yet this season.

Caroline Bach

Caroline Bach

Anchor, Wake Up Wisconsin Weekend

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