Flu season has come early to Saint Joseph County this year. No classes were held for the Constantine School District Tuesday and none will be held Wednesday because 25 percent of the students are sick with the virus.
The Health Department said they're seeing an increase in the number of people who are testing positive for the flu virus.
Officials say it's been a few years since they've seen flu season start this early, and not only are people coming in earlier than usual, they're also coming in sicker.
“There are several different kinds of flu or viruses you can get, and some viruses just make the body react more,” describes Dr. Thomas A. Felger a St. Joseph County Health Officer. “More fever, more cough, more ache. This year we're seeing three different viruses. The Type A is typically a more severe illness. We're seeing a lot or mostly of Type A this year.”
The Health Department said the best way to keep from getting the flu is to get a flu shot. They add this year's vaccine is on target with the strain going around.
For those who can't afford a flu shot, the Health Department has 100 flu shots that can be given free on a first-come, first-serve basis.