Flu cases hit hard this year - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Flu cases hit hard this year

Posted: Updated:
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

There's been an unusual rise in cases of the flu this season. The spreading virus has been sending people across the country to the emergency room.

"We report numbers that are reported to us from emergency rooms, of illnesses that look like influenza. Those numbers, right up until the week before Christmas, were going up. Some weeks it was 0 to 4, that's the most recent. Other weeks they were 5 to 25," Dr. Bob Travnicek of The State Health Department said.

Travnicek says those fluctuating case numbers are the characteristics of an epidemic. Though the cases have been on the rise for a while, we aren't in the clear just yet. Now, you'll want to protect yourself and your family.

"Influenza does basically knock you off your feet. This is the biggest one we've had in 10 or 20 years. This is huge nationwide, not just here. Those people (who caught the flu) will tell you they'll never forget the minute they got sick," Travnicek said.

The center for disease control and prevention recommends you get your flu shot sometime in October or November. Hopefully you've been able to do so, as flu season continues all the way through April. Doctors say if you haven't been vaccinated, it's not too late.

"The best thing they can do is get their flu shot. Yes, it is a little late. They should of done it a month ago or maybe more, but a lot of people are really late. So is it too late? Probably not too late. You're going to have to just stay home and remember to get your flu shot," Travnicek said.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Fight leads to gunshots and mayhem in Stone County

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:53:06 GMT
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party.More >>
    Stone County Deputy Chief Phyllis Olds described a Saturday night fight this way, "It's by the grace of God that nobody was killed." That fight reportedly started at an outdoor block party. Deputies said it escalated into a gun battle near the Cadillac Club on Thelma Andrews Road.More >>
  • Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Prostitution sting results in 12 arrests

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:19:10 GMT
    (WMC) – A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. As a result, the following 12 people were arrested: Preston K. Mitchell, 52, Memphis, Tenn., charged with procuring prostitutionMore >>
    A prostitution sting was conducted at a Southaven hotel Thursday. Twelve people were arrested.More >>
  • You saw his photo, and like that, police nab an alleged burglar

    You saw his photo, and like that, police nab an alleged burglar

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:53:07 GMT
    A surveillance picture shown on WLOX News and WLOX.com Monday night, and surveillance video posted on Facebook by a car burglary victim helped D'Iberville Police find an alleged burglar.More >>
    A surveillance picture shown on WLOX News and WLOX.com Monday night, and surveillance video posted on Facebook by a car burglary victim helped D'Iberville Police find an alleged burglar. A day after airing that photo, and reading Facebook posts, police realized their suspect was in Jackson County. With the help of Jackson County deputies, they arrested John Edward Dennis on a charge of burglary of an automobile.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.