Doctors warn of flu season's approach

SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris

SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - Influenza is hitting people hard right now. Doctors' offices are packed with children and parents seeking help.

Dr. Annette Cosgrove at Greenvale Pediatrics in Alabaster sees about 30 children a day, typical for her office this time of the year.

The strain B of the flu, viral illnesses and strep throat are the most prevalent.

One mom got her 5-year-old the flu mist on Tuesday.
She says she's taking some much needed precautions during this winter flu season...

Tonya Buendtner said, "It keeps them all from getting sick and saves money on medicine. It keeps them healthy and they don't miss school."

"I think it could get worse before it gets better," said Dr. Cosgrove.  "Once school gets back in after Christmas there will be another surge of the flu as kids swap germs."

Dr. Cosgrove says all of her flu cases have been mild.

To keep your children healthy teach your children to wash their hands and give them hand sanitizer to take to school.

Don't send your child to school with a bad cold.

If your child has a high fever, isn't eating, have shortness of breath or complains about an ear ache they need to see a doctor.

Doctors urge parents to get the flu vaccine for their children.

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