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What's Going Around: Pneumonia, influenza, RSV
A number of illnesses are still in the air and they are affecting people of all ages.
Pneumonia and influenza are just two of the illnesses going around this week.
Doctor Michael Johnson with the Hastings Family Practice says he's seen several patients with RSV or Respiratory Syncytial Virus.
It's a virus that causes cold symptoms or a cough in some patients but babies and small children under the age of two are hardest hit by the illness.
Some symptoms of RSV include wheezing and rapid labored breathing.
Children with RSV have trouble keeping their oxygen levels up and some of them end up in the hospital.
Dr. Johnson says that he's also seen patients with pneumonia. Johnson says it's never too late to get a pneumonia shot.
The common cold and bronchitis are also going around. Doctor Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says that strep throat and influenza A are going around.
Symptoms of strep throat include swollen lymph nodes, headaches, stomach ache, ear pain and vomiting.
And Dr. Kutilek says that she has treated a patient with Influenza A. She says it's likely just the beginning.
If you were immunized last year for the flu you don't have to worry because what's going around this year is the same strain.
Symptoms of the flu include headaches, high fever, cough, body aches, upset stomach, sore throat, and runny nose.
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