Midlands has better outlook this flu season

By Stephen Hooker - email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A mixture of cold weather, holiday fun, and stress could be adding up to some unhealthy health statistics around the Midlands.

So what does it mean for Midlands residents? "When it's cold outside, people tend to stay inside," said Dr. Thomas Gibbons, "and it's usually closer quarters. So we're more likely to be exposed to other people who have an illness." So much for friends and family gathering tightly around the good old central heating vent for a holiday song and merriment.

The flu season doesn't seem to be as active. "There's less flu at this point," stated Dr. Gibbons, "So knock on wood, we're having a better flu season so far."

But Dr. Gibbons warns there are some flu cases. Because this year's flu season runs into March, medical experts are recommending you get a flu shot. "I'd say it's kind of a typical year," claimed Dr. Gibbons.

There are some steps you can take to make sure you stay healthy through the winter. "You need to wash your hands, wash your hands and wash your hands," said Dr. Gibbons.

All you need is warm water and some soap. It's an easy duo that'll help keep you from catching that nasty bug.

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