Flu, allergies take their toll on locals

Flu and allergy seasons have struck the Hill Country, and signs point to continued misery for those who get stricken.

Unfortunately, flu’s caustic grasp is not nearly over. Its “season” begins in October, peaks in January and February, and can stretch as late as May.

The flu is spread when a person coughs, sneezes or talks and droplets containing the virus land in a person’s mouth or nose, or the virus can spread when people touch infected surfaces, then touch their eyes, mouth or nose.

To protect yourself from getting the flu, doctors say to get the flu shot, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands in warm water. Also, drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest and eat healthy.

Those with severe allergies may feel as though they have the flu. As we heard this week, “every paradise has its curse, and ours is cedar fever.”

Allergy sufferers are not surprised to find out this is a record year for cedar pollen. Recent allergy reports showed cedar pollen counts at 4,300 grams per cubed meter on Monday and 4,080 gr/m3 on Tuesday. 

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