Video: This Year’s Flu Season Particularly Bad for Younger Sufferers

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Northeast Mississippi (WCBI) — It’s mid-peak flu season, and influenza cases continue to grow across the country. Mississippi is no exception, especially when it comes to young people.

Doctors in the Golden Triangle say their caseload is average for this time of year. But this flu season, the waiting room is filled with a different generation.

McCoy: “Folks in their teens and 20s. A little more prevalent than the older population right now. I think we’re still at the beginning of the flu season though. We haven’t seen the full effect yet.”

Mississippi’s Health Department says it’s seeing serious flu complications in young adults, including deaths. Late last month, health officials reported the first pediatric influenza death in the state for this year’s season.

Hollister: “it always seems like there’s more younger people with it because they’re in school and exposed to it more often. I think younger people are a little less prone to get flu shots too, which makes them more likely to get it.”

Now doctors are urging patients to get flu shots for their children, especially with school starting back this week.

Hollister: “if they bring it home and you’re the parent and you haven’t gotten a flu shot, you’re going to get it, and it’s awfully hard to take care of a sick child when you’re sick yourself.”

And if you think you have the flu, the sooner you see your physician, the better.

McCoy: “we recommend that folks see their regular doctor as soon as they can. If they develop flu-like symptoms-fever, headache, sore throat, body aches, and sometimes a cough.”

With that cough comes the risk for pneumonia. The old saying rings true: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Doctors say the best way to keep from getting the flu is to get the shot. Also, wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you cough, and stay home when you’re sick.

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