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What's Going Around: Influenza, Stomach Bug, RSV

February 11, 2014, 6:20 PM by Brittany Larson

What's Going Around: Influenza, Stomach Bug, RSV

As if the cold weather isn't bad enough, many of you have been fighting the flu, nasal infections and other cold weather bugs.  Health experts say we're still in the thick of the flu season.

Five-month-old Eian Campmann started feeling sick on Sunday and a few days later, his symptoms haven't improved.

"Well he's got some nasal issues.  A lot of congestion, making it hard for him to breath. So I took him in and he has RSV," Eian's father, David Campmann, said.

Long lines lingered at Sanford Medical Clinic Tuesday afternoon.

"It does seem to pick up with the viral infections in the winter.  Maybe part of it is that we're indoors and you can still pick up these types of things and the viruses that are going around are more prevalent in the winter time." Dr. Wallace Fritz said.

The infections vary across the board.

"We're seeing a lot of influenza.  There's been a stomach bug or stomach flu, viral gastroenteritis that's been going around as well with the nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. We are also seeing some RSV in kids, which is respiratory syncytial virus," Fritz said.

Eian was diagnosed with RSV and now he have to use a nebulizer to fight off the infection.

"We'll have to hook him up to a little machine to help him get out the stuff in his nose and get out the junk," Campmann said.

Doctors say there are steps you can take right now to avoid getting sick.  

"Well, just like your mother told you, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. I think another very important thing is if you're sick, stay home. If you don't feel like you can function to the full capacity either at work or at school, then it is important to stay home," Fritz said.

Eian will stay home from day care for now and hopefully start feeling better soon.

"He's been a pretty healthy boy for the most part. This is his first big thing," Campmann said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the influenza viruses can cause mild to severe illnesses.  Serious infections can lead to hospitalization or death.  Elderly and young children are at high risk for serious flu complications.

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