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What's Going Around Jan. 13, 2012

Dr. Sirreenievasin Rhamaswanie at St. Vincent Family Clinic on Rodney Parham in Little Rock is definitely seeing cases of the flu. In fact, we're told that just about every St. Vincent clinic is seeing patients coming in with flu symptoms.
Dr. Sirreenievasin Rhamaswanie at St. Vincent Family Clinic on Rodney Parham in Little Rock is definitely seeing cases of the flu. In fact, we're told that just about every St. Vincent clinic is seeing patients coming in with flu symptoms.

Last week we reported the Centers for Disease Control and the Arkansas Department of Health say this flu season is particularly strong.

It has already led to several deaths in the state.

Doctors say less than half of the folks living in Arkansas got their flu shot this season and they haven't seen this many people sick in 10 years.

Gary wheeler with the Arkansas Department of Health says, “We recommend going now it's not too late we expect a broad season it's going to last several more weeks so we hope they'll go in and get their shots now.”

Flu symptoms include fatigue, fever, headache, respiratory congestion. It can lead to pneumonia and other life-threatening illness.

See a doctor if you have chest pain or difficulty breathing or a fever over 100.5 that won't go away. Also see a doctor if it's painful to swallow, if you're vomiting or if you have a cough that won't go away.

And if you do have the flu, remember this:

“We all have a responsibility if we feel we're getting ill not to come to work and cause more harm when we think it's actually better to be there it's not if you go in and infect 6 other people than you're really doing more harm.”

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