Flu bug lands -- and stays -- in Toledo

TOLEDO -- Have you been feeling achy lately? Got a headache or a cough that won't quit? You're not alone, reports News 11's Tim Miller who, until recently, had been suffering from congestion and headaches -- since December.

Tim went to Toledo Hospital in search of sick people. There, he found patient Rikki Jones, who says she's been having a bad year.

"It started with me in December. Then my daughter got it and then my boyfriend got it," Jones said about her ailments, the most recent of which sent her to the emergency room. "Then my boyfriend's cousin got it and then my boyfriend's cousin's baby got it. And my boyfriend's cousin's baby gave to me, again!"

Dr. Brian Kaminski, medical director and at Toledo Hospital, says the traditional flu has been bringing the most patients in lately.

"I think it was three years ago we had an early flu season. It started just after October, and it was a pretty severe flu season. People tend to remember that. And then the last two years were relatively mild. This year seems to be a little worse than the other two and it is a little bit later," Kaminski said.

Coming in second to influenza are upper respiratory infections, Kaminski said.

Kamiski gave us five tips on how to keep healthy.

  • Get the flu shot.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay out of the way of people coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid the community food bowl at work.
  • Eat healthy.

Posted by KO