What's Going Around: Flu

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) Mid-Michigan doctors are seeing an uptick in patients with the flu, which normally peaks December through February.

Nurse Practitioner Linda Bowers at McLaren Greater Lansing says it's important not to misdiagnose influenza as a cold or the stomach flu, because treatment is different for each.

Symptoms of the flu include a fever, intense body aches, fatigue, sore throat, cough, headache and chills. Those symptoms will usually start to improve on their own after about three days.

Nurse Practitioner Bowers recommends getting rest, drinking plenty of fluids, and taking ibuprofen.

If you do get the flu, stay home for at least 24 hours so you don't spread it to others. Nurse Practitioner Bowers says the best way to keep yourself from getting it, is to get a flu shot.