Fall is in full swing, and for many people the changes in weather means sniffling noses, sneezing, a hacking cough, body aches and other ailments.
Local health officials say there likely is a virus going around and adults should take steps now to keep themselves and their families healthy.
One of those steps is to be vaccinated for influenza. The flu season typically starts in October and runs through May, with most cases occurring in January or February. And health care professionals already are seeing an uptick in cases.
Although many people associate nausea, vomiting and diarrhea with the flu, those symptoms are more common in children and are not what people are coming down with at this time. Influenza is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract, different from what’s called stomach flu, that results in fever, headaches, fatigue, dry coughing spells, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches.