Doctors urge safety precautions to combat flu virus

Doctors urge safety precautions to combat flu virus
Published: Jan. 19, 2018 at 7:41 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2018 at 12:30 AM EST
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – We're still at the peak of flu season and doctor's offices are urging everyone to remain cautious, especially with children.

This has been a devastating flu season and just this week the life of an 8-year-old girl in Alabama was claimed.

Doctors at Zoe's Pediatrics told me they are seeing a large amount of both strains A and B.

"We are needing to treat children with Tamiflu and as long as they are found to have the flu within 34-48 hours then you can treat them with Tamiflu," said Dr. Christy Ott of Zoe Pediatrics in Columbus.

If children already have other immune illnesses, like asthma or a weak heart, they are at higher risk.

Dr. Ott also said they are seeing a rise in the number of healthy children becoming very ill, and although some are skeptical, it's never too late for the flu shot.

"It's not that you're contracting the flu from the vacancies, it's that your body is being tested. You can prevent that one death by getting vaccinated, it's well worth it," said Dr. Ott.

Doctors recommend washing your sheets and keeping your home sanitized because this flu season just won't let up.

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