Flu Cases Surge at Wilmington Clinics

WILMINGTON -- The flu season is at its peak and doctors' offices are busy. Very busy.

Dr. Robert Perry at the Pee Dee Clinic at Wilmington says this year has been one of the worst in terms of the number sick and severity of illness. The two main illnesses are influenza A and the Norovirus.

Heading to the doctor's office is the first step on the road to recovery, but you may have to wait - many of the doctors and nurses are sick as well.

And if you have stayed healthy, Dr. Perry says the key to staying that way is to wash your hands and steer clear of cigarette smoke, which breaks down the mucus lining that's the body's first line of defense against viruses and bacteria.

Reported by Sarah Warlick

Tune in to the 6 a.m. hour of Carolina in the Morning on Monday, February 19 for a live interview with Dr. Sam Armitage about how to avoid the flu and what to do if you have it.