The total number of positive flu test results increased from 200 to 300 in that week, according to the report.
It is normal to see a spike at one and possibly two periods of time during flu season, however, this season’s spike comes slightly earlier than usual, Dr. Clarence Williams of ARC Anderson Mill said.
Despite the early spike in cases, it is not too late to get a flu shot, Williams said.
“Getting the flu vaccine is still one of the best things you can do,” he said.
Williams also said washing hands regularly, covering coughs and sneezes with elbows rather than hands and avoiding contact with individuals infected with the flu all help prevent the virus from spreading.
ARC has also seen a rise in patients experiencing “flu-like symptoms,” caused by other viral infections not classified as the flu, Williams said.
Any individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms should visit a doctor to take a flu test. For those who test positive, doctors can prescribe anti-viral medicines, which are most effective when the regimen is started within 24 to 48 hours of falling ill, Williams said.
Individuals suffering from the flu or flu-like symptoms should consult with a physician, drink fluids and take ibuprofen for body aches, Williams said.