Flu Season In Full Swing

Carrol County Ga -- Health officials warned that as students return to the classroom this week following winter break, parents should prepare for an uptick of flu related illnesses.
District Four Health Risk Communicator, Hayla Folden, said there tends to be an increase following the week after kids go back to school. That is because more kids are interacting with other children and family members from different communities during the holiday and then they return to the classroom not even knowing they've contracted a bug.

Folden discussing flu within the county: "We started seeing cases of flu starting in mid-November, Maybe even earlier than that. But right now flu is widespread in Georgia including in Carroll County. So we are seeing an increase in absenteeism at businesses and an increase in urgent care visits and ER visits. Before school was out we were seeing absenteeism increase in some school systems."

Folden continued that while this year's influenza vaccine is not 100% effective, it still is the best method of holding off the flu.

Folden giving advice on how to handle the flu season, "Kids should not go to school, especially if they have a fever. One of the things about the flu is that it is contagious prior to feeling the symptoms. If you haven't gotten a flu shot it is not too late to get one but it does take two weeks to become effective."

Folden expects influenza to be active through May of 2018.
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