Spring flu hitting the St. Louis Area

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – Doctors are seeing a spring flu epidemic in the St. Louis Area.

They say the flu going around is an upper respiratory flu. The symptoms are sore throat, sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion and body aches.

The virus can lasts up to a week and there isn’t much doctors can do once you have the virus.

Doctor Charles Willey said one of the reasons we are seeing this spring flu is because it has been wet and people have been indoors spreading germs.

He said another reason is because people have been getting their flu shots too early and they have worn off by spring.

"The big pharmacies are using the flu shot as a low margin leader so I notice them promoting it in July, August, September where we traditionally take it October and immunity lasts six months and so if they take it early it is wearing off," said Willey.

He said the best way to prevent getting the spring flu is to get a flu shot in mid-October or mid-November.

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