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Local doctors seeing cases of summer flu

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 5:31pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 6:36pm

This is something we would normally be talking about during the fall and winter, but local doctors say they're seeing cases of the flu lately. They say this virus isn't like the typical flu in winter months, but actually describe it as much worse. "Speaking for a summer, you'd probably say its more than usual," said Dr. Benjamin Constante with Momentum Urgent Care in Tyler. He said typically in the summer he sees a number of stomach bug cases in the summer, but recently, he's seen the flu. "Every summer we'll pick up a flu or two, its one of those things that theres flu around pretty much all year round, but its very uncommon for the hot months to pick up a flu," said Dr. Constante.

However this isn't like your regular sneezing, coughing kind of sickness. Dr. Constante said, "the flu I've been seeing have been influenza B, most of it in the flu season was influenza A." According to him, Influenza B is worse for most patients with stomach issues, high fever, and body aches. "This is more than I would typically see, but there may be some statistical bias there during the summer you don't think about it as much, you're probably not testing as much," said Dr. Constante.

Russell Hopkins with NET Health says the flu is not restricted to one season. He said, "its not unusual to see it in the summer months," but you should always be prepared. Hopkins said, "good hygiene is good for the summer months to keep you well and healthy." Constante agreed saying, "Same precautions for any illness, you want to make sure that if you are ill you want to avoid contact with groups of people, if you're coughing you want to cover your mouth, you want to use a lot of sanitizer, wash your hands with a lot of soap and water."
 

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