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Flu-like Symptoms Sending Students Home

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Most of the country is beginning to experience High Levels of Influenza-like Illness according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here in Florida, the virus is widespread, showing up in the emergency room and at school.

It was back to school for Bay District students this week, but for some kids the nurses were sending them back home.

"We're seeing that nurses are sending them home, seeing some with fevers as high as 103-104 degrees. We are seeing influenza like symptoms in our students," says Laura McKinney with the Bay County Health Department.  

In the hospitals here in Bay County, patients are flocking to the emergency rooms.

"It certainly is flu season. There's no doubt about that, and we're certainly seeing a whole lot more people coming in with complaints of runny nose, coughing, sore throat, chest congestion and generalized aching. Just flu-like symptoms," says Dr. Groves an ER doctor at Bay Medical Center.  

Dr. Kevin Groves says he is seeing about 1-2 positive cases a day.

"We look for two different strains of influenza the one I've really seen exclusively for me has been influenza 'A'," says Groves.

Dr. Groves says if you do end up getting the flu, Tamiflu can be beneficial.