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Number of flu cases in River Region on the rise

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

'Tis the season! The flu season has come early and physicians throughout central Alabama are seeing an increase in flu cases. Nurse practitioner Amy Wybenga is mighty busy these days.

"Yes, we're seeing early cases already," she said from her medical practice in Prattville.

The number of flu cases has risen by 20%. The flu season doesn't typically hit hard until January but not this year.

"There are several reasons. We had that cold snap and that kept a lot of people inside with other people who may have already had symptoms," said Wybenga.

Wybenga says it's not too late to get that flu shot.

"The CDC recommendations are for anybody 6 months and up," Wybenga said.

Right now the medical profession is seeing the normal flu strain which is influenza A.

While some pharmacies have run out of flu medicines, not so with Chrissy Harrison of Adams Drugs.

"Three weeks ago we were seeing maybe one or two prescriptions per week. Now we're seeing around 10 a week," Harrison.

Depending on the severity of the illness the typical recovery time from the flu is 5 to 7 days.

As we all know the flu is very contagious but washing those hands and eating lots of fruits can go a long way from getting it.

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