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What is making us sick right now?

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From snow to 70s, the warmer weather is often a sign that flu season is behind us.  We aren't out of flu season just yet.

Carilion Clinic Physician Assistant, Joel Bashore explains, "What we are seeing across the state and in this region is Influenza B."

Tracking flu facts from the Virginia Department of Health we see a big spike at the beginning of this year's flu season and that we are still seeing more cases this year than last.

Looking at the country, Virginia went from widespread three weeks ago to regional. The downgrade in our cases is a good sign of relief on the way.

If flu didn't get you, Bashore says some other classic sickness symptoms are going around.

He says, "We have seen probably over the last few weeks a small spike in gastrointestinal illnesses, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever."

If you haven't started reaching for your allergy medicine yet, chances are with all of this sunshine and things starting to bloom by the end of the week you will be.

Bashore explains, "If this weather keeps up, anticipate the spring time pollen bloom to hit full force rather quickly."

At Garst Mill Park in Roanoke County Caylin Shepard and her two children are enjoying the weather and won't let the threat of allergies keep them inside.

She says,"She loves it outside and I don't want to keep them inside because of the allergies either."

The price we pay for a little sunshine, but I'll bet some of you are thinking that it's worth it.

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