Flu season solutions

FILE - This Oct. 17, 2012 file photo shows a patient getting a flu shot in Jackson, Miss. Flu vaccination is no longer merely a choice between a jab in the arm or a squirt in the nose. This fall, some brands promise a little extra protection.  For the first time, certain vaccines will guard against four strains of flu rather than the usual three.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
FILE - This Oct. 17, 2012 file photo shows a patient getting a flu shot in Jackson, Miss. Flu vaccination is no longer merely a choice between a jab in the arm or a squirt in the nose. This fall, some brands promise a little extra protection. For the first time, certain vaccines will guard against four strains of flu rather than the usual three. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

TERRE HAUTE Ind. (WTHI) – We are right in the middle of flu season and this winter we’ve seen other viruses coming out of the woodwork!

Is it the flu, a virus, or just a cold? In the middle of winter most humans spend time indoors like pack animals. Our homes and offices turn into Petri dishes.

Obviously the best way to prevent any virus from attacking your immune system is to keep clean and disinfect your personal spaces. But, some times no matter what you do you get sick. It’s the symptoms that can tell you what kind of virus you have.

“With the Norovirus and the Rotovirus they affect the gastrointestinal track,” Union Hospital Nurse Marilyn Byrd said. “So you get a lot of vomiting and diarrhea with those.  ”

What’s the treatment for the stomach virus? Hydration. It takes lots and lots of liquids to replace those lost fluid.

Now what about the most common virus going around?

“I think the most popular that people are concerned with is the H1N1,” Byrd said.

It’s better known as the flu. The Fever, headache, and coughing all contribute to the common winter ailment.

Even this far into winter there’s still a very effective solution.

“For the influenza you can still get the flu vaccine and it is still highly recommended because the flu is still out there,” Byrd said.

Even if you’ve been sick you can still help get rid of the viruses for others. If you cover your mouth when coughing and clean any areas you’ve touched; and if you’re sick…stay home.

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