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Albany has its share of flu

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February 21, 2008

Albany --  According to the Center for Disease Control, in the last two weeks, Influenza has become widespread in Georgia.

It's in the schools, doctor's offices, and families throughout south Georgia. It's also hit all ages. Phoebe Putney's health clinics are seeing increased cases. It's likely because the strain making it's way around was not included in the flu shot most received.

Influenza and flu-like symptoms have grabbed many south Georgians like Armogene Archer, sending them to the doctor's office.

 "I would describe it as a whooping cough that repeats, and feverish," says Armogene Archer. "It even hit my office, it's hit every body's office, school, family."

Now at widespread status, likely every office has at least one person out.

Five of Dougherty County's 16 schools including South Side Middle School and Live Oak have a higher number of both staff and students out sick.

The primary influenza A strain which is from Brisbane it's named after Australia is not included in the vaccine this year and the old Wisconsin strain was included so this year from the primary epidemic type A influenza that really is the worst you're not covered very well.

It's the reason why many doctor's offices have set up sneeze stations, and even if you're taking all the precautions.

"Even with all the cautions, the medication, and the oxygen you can see I'm on, I still picked it up," says Archer.

It's why doctor's say at the very onset of symptoms.  "If you have high fever, severe headache, severe muscle aches and you feel like you got run over by a truck that's what influenza's like," said Infectious Diseases Specialist Dr. Craig Smith.

You should make an appointment. Dr. Smith recommends Tamiflu within the first 48 hours of symptoms. He says that can lessen the severity of symptoms and help you recover quicker. Influenza typically takes 7 to 10 days before your felling better.

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