Reporter: Shannon Samson
New Media Producer: Kerry Corum
An on-line tracking service is reporting high levels of flu activity in the Evansville area. And that makes for plenty of activity at the Vanderburgh County Health Department.
It was day two of the free FluMist Clinic. Monday was much busier than Friday, with a steady stream of people waiting out front throughout most of the day.
With school being out, many parents brought in the kids for their free dose. The spray is only recommended for children over five.
It's doing a lot to ease the minds of worried parents, now that the death toll for children is up to 42 across the country.
Parents should keep in mind that not every cough and sniffle is actually influenza.
If you have a cold, you probably have a runny nose, a sore throat and a sneeze a lot.
The flu also infects the nose, throat and lungs, but usually is more sudden and severe. You get a high fever, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.
In days one through four, you may also experience chills and a dry cough, in addition to the other symptoms. This is also when you're highly contagious.
By the second or third day, the fever should go down, but the other symptoms will persist for days.
By about day ten, the cough should begin to subside. Usually complete recovery comes after two weeks.