Flu related illnesses may be on the decline here in Ohio, but that doesn’t mean you’ve escaped all winter sickness.
Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre, says the cold weather can affect your immune system making you more susceptible to illness. Right now there are two illnesses that many are struggling with.
"There’s two things going around. There’s the cold, the common cold that hangs around for a week maybe ten days and by that time you’re all plugged up in your nose and your sinuses are hurting you, and it goes into a sinus infection. And some of those are hanging on a long time with cough. Another thing that’s going around is the vomiting type flu."
Whitacre says with the flu the vomiting should subside after a day or two, but a cold could turn into a sinus infection which is a secondary bacterial infection and could call for long term medications, as in longer than a ten day prescription.
"We do still have the flu, it’s decreasing but you want to take all the precautions which is washing your hands frequently, coughing into your elbow. Just try not to contaminate your hands and then spread it to someone else," stated Whitacre.
Whitacre is also urging anyone who is feeling ill to stay home from school or work and to avoid public places. That will help limit the spread any illness you may have.