Posted: Jan 2, 2013 5:18 PM by Ben Trotter
Local health experts are saying that this flu season has been harder on people, sending more to hospitals than before, especially the elderly and those in poor health.
According to Gallatin County- City Health Officer Matt Kelley, "Every year in this country we lose thousands of people to influenza related illnesses. A lot of these people are older folks or people who had underlying illnesses already."
According to Kelley, the flu season started early, with cases being reported nationally in October and November, versus December, when the Influenza virus typically shows up.
Four cases were reported last week in Gallatin County alone.
Kelley says those at risk for the flu include; the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, recipients of cancer treatments, those with respiratory issues, pregnant women, and young children. He advises flu shots and general cleanliness as a way to avoid contracting Influenza.