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Updated: Tue, 07 Jan 2014 08:48:57 CST

The flu is kicking in across the country but not every doctor has seen it yet plus RSV is in full swing.

News 5's Ginger ten Bensel has more about RSV in this week's edition of What's Going Around.

Dr. Janice Kutilek with the Grand Island Clinic says that she is seeing patients with gastroenteritis as well as respiratory viruses including RSV.  Respiratory Syncytial Virus is being seen in children younger than the age of two.

Symptoms include wheezing, difficulty breathing, a stuffy nose, and a lot of coughing.

If your child is having difficulty breathing or is working hard to breathe... he or she needs to be seen by a doctor.

Kutilek is also seeing patients with tooth abscesses.  She has seen a lot of children with poor dental hygiene.

Kutilek says that children should be off bottles and nipples after the age of one.  And they should not sleep with a Sippy cup in their mouth.

She says that most of the time the children with a tooth abscess come in with a swollen jaw. If your child's jaw is swollen they need to be seen by a doctor.

She says that in some cases the teeth actually start chipping off.

It's very painful and the children with the abscesses don't eat very well.

Kutilek says that before your child starts teething... start cleaning his or her gums so the child gets used to it.  You can use your finger, a wash cloth, or even a brush to clean off the gums and the teeth.

Dr. Michael Johnson with the Hastings Family Practice says he is seeing patients with bronchitis and gastroenteritis.

He also admitted several people into the hospital with COPD.  He says the flare ups of COPD are common right now due to respiratory illnesses and the time of the year.

Johnson has not seen any confirmed cases of the flu.

He added that he normally doesn't see many cases of the flu until later on in January or February.

For more information you can go to our website KHAS–TV dot com.

With what's going around I'm Ginger ten Bensel news 5.