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What to do about the Flu

One of our counties has the most influenza cases in the state.
ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - One of our counties has the most influenza cases in the state.

The State Department of Health put out their latest influenza numbers. They're tracking the cases by county through December 21st.

Huntingdon County has 13 confirmed cases of influenza. Clearfield County has 15. Somerset County has 18. Cambria County has 34. And Blair County is leading the state at 79.

An otherwise healthy person might not need to go to the doctor for the flu. But there are things they can do to get over it quicker... And protect yourself from getting it in the first place.

Amy Lechner has a degree in naturopathy and is certified in aromatherapy. She makes her own blends of essential oils tailored to what’s making people sick at the moment.

She says rubbing the oils on your hands and chest help alleviate symptoms, and the anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal nature of the various oils fights the cause as well.

If you want to go the medical route, Dr. Matthew Bouchard says you can still get a flu shot. The Chairman of Emergency Medicine at UPMC Altoona recommends it in fact. He also says the best way to avoid the flu is to wash your hands frequently and avoid people who already have it. They now actually have 85 confirmed cases in their hospital alone.

Both of them recommend rest and fluids in general, and say to ask an expert about what will work for you beyond that.

Amy Lechner sells her oils at Hair Trends in Hollidaysburg and other places around Blair County.
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