The CSRA is experiencing the
worst flu season in a decade, according to the Medical Director of GRU's Family
Medical Clinic Janis Coffin.
The Georgia Department of
Public Health says two people have died from the flu in Georgia.
South Carolina health
officials say 22 people have died; two of those deaths were in Aiken County.
Teresa Welch takes care of
flu patients at Georgia Health Sciences. But this week she missed three days of
work because she came down with the flu.
"Everything hurts, your
hair your eyes, your nose, everything hurts, my eyelids were hurting it hurt to
turn over in the bed," Welch, said.
Welch and tens of thousands
of other Americans have been hit hard by the flu strain called H3N2.
Welch described how she felt
when she had the flu, "Death warmed over, it was real bad. I had chills
and fever, a bad cough, diarrhea, stomach ache, it was horrible."
Fox54's Mark Barber asked
Coffin, "What's the best way for people to protect themselves?" Coffin
said, "The best way to protect yourself is to number one stay at home. If
you are not sick get vaccinated."
Coffin says the vaccine has
been very successful. She also says proper hygiene, such as washing your hands
is one of the best ways to fight the worst flu outbreak in 10 years.
The bug typically lasts 3 to
10 days; Welch beat the flu after 5 difficult days.
"I've never had the flu
in 48 years, never had the flu," said Welch.
Coffin says the CSRA had a very early flu season and the
peak months were November and December.
So far, they haven't seen as much flu activity in
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