Local flu rates increase across the Wabash Valley.

Her son was one of many cases reported in the past week. Over the past thirty days, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent says the number of flu cases nationwide has jumped considerably.

Posted: Feb 28, 2019 6:29 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- Jennifer Christian is a mother of two boys, but last week one of her sons tested positive for “Influenza A”. The strain of the flu spreading rapidly across the nation.

"He had a temperature every single day and really just laid around. Really the first day he started to feel better was about six days. He was out of school an entire week, went back this Monday and still has a pretty gnarly cough," said Christian.

Her son was one of many cases reported in the past week. Over the past thirty days, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent says the number of flu cases nationwide has jumped considerably.

Union Health officials in Terre Haute are also seeing a rise in cases. Infection Control Officer of the hospital Joe McKanna says it’s a situation they have been monitoring.

"So over the past couple weeks we've seen an increase in Influenza A. We're keeping an eye on that, we always monitor that," said McKanna.

Still, nothing has changed when it comes to the prevention of the flu. The best ways to avoid sickness are keeping your hands clean and of course, getting the flu vaccine.

Union Health says even if we are half way through winter, it’s never too late to get your shot.

"It helps build your immune system so you have a less severe reaction to the virus. You know so it's not too late to get your influenza vaccination," said McKanna.

As for Christian, she's thankful her family got their vaccine early. It’s something that helped her son through a situation that could have been much worse.

"Even with fever reducers for an entire week, I don't want to even know what it could have looked like if we had not gotten the flu shot. So I’ll always advocate," said Christian.

Union Health says the recent increase in flu numbers isn't enough to restrict visitors at the hospital, but it's a decision that could change in the weeks to come.

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