Flu season hitting the Coast hard

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It is flu season and doctors tell News 25 the infection has hit the Coast hard.

Steve Demetropoulos, a physician with Singing River Health System, says they have seen an uptick in people come in for the flu so far.

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The flu came faster than normal this year, particularly for two age groups, 8-10 and 14-16.

Demetropoulos says if flu-like systems hit you out of nowhere with a fever you should go to your doctor as soon as possible to receive anti-flu medication. “If you have acute on-set, that means abrupt symptoms, which means you’re feeling fine than a little later your fatigued, you’re just wiped out, you start having some chills, your muscles are starting to aching. Kind of the next step is a fever and that is anywhere from 100 to 102 that’s when you need to get into your clinic or your doctor’s office and be seen, cause you have about 48 hours to benefit from the anti-flu medication and if you are not in there sooner, the flu will just run its course.”

Singing River Health System also wants to remind the community that it is not too late to get your flu shot for the season.