Has the flu hit your household yet?

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Coughing, body aches, fever, and a runny nose are just some symptoms of the flu. 

Kenny Banh is an emergency physician at UCSF Fresno. He says we are in the middle of flu season and it’s not too late to get your flu shot. 

“So, understand if you haven’t got it and you have been hesitant it’s still not too late as long as the flu season is active,” says Banh. “The CDC and Public Health recommend you still get it.”

Banh says last year the flu was deadly across the country. However, this year it is off to a slower start. 

“This year the biggest trends I’ve seen is pretty much a late start to the flu season,” says Banh. “So, we always screen for when the flu comes around and now we are getting it and now it’s starting to hit.”

This week students are heading back to school after Christmas break. Meaning they could be exposed to more germs. Banh emphasizes the importance of using preventative measures to not spread germs along with getting the flu shot. 

“It could save you from getting ill,” says Banh. “It could save you from being hospitalized and even death.”

Jane Banks is the director of Health Services for Fresno Unified School District. She says fewer students have called out sick due to the flu this year compared to last. 

“The numbers this year are actually decreased compared to last year,” says Banks. “A lot of it is due to those preventative measures and that starts at home and it starts in the school systems.”

Preventative measures like  washing your hands with warm water and coughing into a tissue or your shoulder along with being up to date with your flu shot. 

“We recommend staff do it and pretty much anyone who is over the age of six months old to get the flu shot,” says Banks. 

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