Flu Hits Butler Co. Early This Season


By Amanda Wade

Body aches, chills, and high fever are just a few of the symptoms that can mean you have the flu, and in Butler County, flu season is setting in more than a month ahead of schedule.

Nathan Adams, a Nurse Practitioner at Ivy Creek Clinic in Georgiana, says, "It's starting to pick up now, there's been several cases over the last week, so I think the flu is here."
Butler County is having significant flu activity according to the Alabama Department of Public Health and Adams says they have seen more adults than children with the flu so far, but after nearly 12 children in the past month have come down with the virus at Greenville Middle School, the school nurse is asking parents to take precautions.
"If a parent suspects their child has the flu, I encourage them to keep them home, do not send them to school, and talk with their healthcare provider," says Linda Rogers, the school nurse.
Doctors at Ivy Creek Clinic also say there are ways to protect yourself from the flu this holiday season by avoiding large crowds, staying away from people who have the flu, and washing your hands.
The nurses also say flu season normally starts toward the end of January, so it is a bit unusual to see cases this early.
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