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Doctors treat slew of illnesses as flu season approaches

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The fall season brings cooler weather, but it can also bring you a reason to head to the doctor.

Many may think it's during the winter time when most people get sick, but the fall season can cause some trouble too. Doctors tell WMBF News they're seeing people come in to offices with sinus related issues and bronchitis.

According to the DHEC website, there aren't any confirmed flu cases yet. But the flu starts creeping around this time of year and doctors expect to start seeing it any day now.

Every year the flu shows up in a different way, so the beginning of the season is always important. This is the time when doctors are watching for people's symptoms to see what will be this year's signs of the flu. These are specific symptoms that are associated with the strain: body aches, a dry cough, or a sore throat.

Once doctors know exactly what they're looking for, they'll be able to diagnose people quickly.

"You have to take everybody that comes in and just be a little bit more cautious with them on the front end," said Dr. Reynolds. "Until you actually do determine what it will look like for that particular year."

Since it's close to flu season, now is the time to get the prep work done to not get the flu. Flu shots are available, and now is the time to get a vaccine before the season picks up. Especially since vaccines take 10 to 14 days before they take effect.

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