MIDLAND -- The mild start to this winter has been enjoyable but it also prevented the flu season from peaking. Unfortunately, the worst has yet to come. Experts say, we can expect the peak of the season to hit us mid February. Now with school back in session, the flu is like butter on hot toast, easy to spread. Coughing, sneezing, and nasal secretion are all culprits in the spread of the virus.
“We have a lot of people in our house. I don't want the flu going through our house, so we all got the shot.” Said Rebecca Bailey, mother of 5.
Different from the common cold, the flu can really knock someone out.
“A cold doesn't run as high of a fever. The child will have a runny nose, some fever. But they will be active and eating and drinking. Flu they will lay around lethargic not eating and have vomiting.” Said Dr. Sari Nablusi, Pediatrician at PediMed Center.
To parents, this can be a nightmare. A simple preventive tip, wash hand with soap and water. But this year, a vaccine sounds like your best bet.
“This year the flu shot is extremely effective in preventing the flu. Most cases we see are kids who were never immunized.” Said Dr. Sari Nablusi, Pediatrician at PediMed Center.
Infants and the elderly are at the highest risk of infection. And pregnant women and people with health conditions can get much sicker if they contract the virus. However, it is suggested that any over 6 month should get the vaccine.
An average of anywhere from 5-20 percent of the us population will contract the virus this year and peak is expected mid February. I didn't want to take any chances, so went to get my flu shot. The shot cost around $30 at your local pharmacy. And your insurance may even cover it. The process was simple, I went right up to the pharmacy counter, filled out a brief questionnaire, paid for the vaccine. Then I was set.
If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, there is still time. Most local pharmacy are now offering the vaccine everyday at any time.