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Sick of viruses

January 30, 2013 - Nikki Younk
Getting sick is probably one of the worst things about the winter season. You might get the cold, or the flu, or a stomach virus. If you’re lucky like me, you might get all three. Within a one-month period.

I’m starting to wonder what my immune system is up to.

It all started with a nasty cold the weekend before Christmas. Just as the sniffles were dying down in early January, I got hit with the flu.

Thanks to previous flu season articles I’ve written, with the help of the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, I know the difference between the two illnesses. Both affect the upper respiratory system, but the flu also carries more severe symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and body aches.

Contrary to popular belief, the flu does not cause vomiting and diarrhea. What people refer to as the “stomach flu” is really caused by other viruses that are unrelated to the influenza virus.

Unfortunately, this information was of little comfort to me when I came down with the “stomach flu” earlier this week. When you’re sick, you don’t really care what virus is making you miserable. You just want it gone.

I guess I should use this opportunity to urge you all to get your flu shots and wash your hands frequently. But, I can’t resist passing along this article about the tougher, meaner norovirus. That’s right, even hand-washing might not be enough to save you now.



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