Increased flu activity on the Coast

According to Walgreens, residents of the Mississippi Coast are seeking more medicine to fight the flu. The drug store chain analyzes locations where flu medication sales are increasing and Gulfport and Biloxi was on that list.

As winter continues to kick up, so does flu season and Coast residents are starting to feel the brunt of it. Bayou View Elementary Nurse Winifred Bell said, “They may start to feel very tired or fatigued. They may get a fever all of a sudden, a very high fever.”

The Biloxi-Gulfport area appeared on Walgreen’s weekly flu index top 10, detailing an increase in flu-like activity on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  The most common way to fight the flu is a vaccination which can reduce your chance of catching the flu by 60 percent. Vaccinations are most critical for children who can easily spread the virus amongst themselves. “Vaccines are very important and the CDC has a three prong approach and vaccines are the top part of that,” said Bell.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the flu causes more hospitalizations among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, making schools a hot-bed for the virus. “If you see that they have body aches, they have a sore throat, they have a headache, they’re telling you that their stomach is hurting, they have that high fever, take them to the healthcare provider because other students could be sick from that and that can spread really fast.”

Flu season usually lasts for 13 weeks, typically ending around the start of spring.

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