Published on December 06, 2012

Sickness spreads across River City

Reported By Alex Hill, Action News


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – "My son has had bronchitis, an ear infection, a sinus infection, and pink eye all in the last three weeks,” said Julie Whitcomb.

From moms to soon-to-be-moms.

"I haven't been feeling well at all,” said Madison Hagen who is five months pregnant.

Some serious sickness seems to be settling over the River City. When we caught up with Hagen, she was on her way to the hospital for x-rays.

"I got sick over the weekend and I went to the hospital. They said I have an upper respiratory infection. Now, it's moving down to my lungs,” said Hagen.

Infections, flu, a nasty bug – they all seem to be spreading across our area. So to find out what’s going on, we went to Dr. Wesley Mills, a local family doctor who says he’s been staying quite busy recently.

"Whether it is viral or bacterial, whether it's a sinus infection or bronchitis, we’ve been seeing a lot of these infections,” said Dr. Mills of St. Vincent’s Primary Care.

And while the winter season is typically the time of year this spike tends to happen, this year may be one of the worst. According to the CDC, flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade, especially here in the South.

Dr. Mills said the peak hasn’t happened yet. He believes as the temperatures decrease, sickness will only increase.

"We might start to notice a little bit more of this as we go through the winter season,” he said.

Unfortunately, not the type of holiday hope Hagen was looking to hear.

"Nobody wants to go through the holidays being sick,” said Hagen.

To avoid getting sick this season, Dr. Mills advises eating well and always washing your hands. He also says to make sure to get your flu vaccinations sooner than later.

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