JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -There is so much talk about the flu that, if you'll pardon the pun, we're sick of it.
But if you have the flu one of the first places you are going to turn to is your local drug store which may be really busy with other folks having the same idea..it's no fun being sick but it's good business for pharmacies.
Doctor Tony Bari owns Woodsprings Pharmacy. He says the flu season has been cranking for a while.
"Probably since school has started. Since the month of August . Especially through the month of September and now through the first two weeks in October a tremendous increase in business."
Lots of people are exposed to the flu virus which means a lot of folks get sick and want something to ease their suffering.
Bari, "It's marketing in America people want to buy something with the name flu on it . Products like Theraflu or the old familiar Dayquil, Nyquil type multi symptom reducers you know are popular."
Me, I like to grab a lot of stuff in hopes that the combination will have be back on my feet in a manner of minutes....Doctor Bari says you need to exercise a little caution here.
"Yes you could have blood pressure problems, grab a decongestant take that regularly and that would be counter productive for you to something such as that."
According to reports one of the biggest profit makers for pharmacies across the nation are flu shots for right now just the regular strain.
Bari, "If there were H1N1 vaccine available currently that would make even more sense."
Dr. Bari says take all possible precautions that you can, shots, lack of contact, keeping your hands clean the usual stuff.
Dr. Bari told me the best way to treat the flu once you get it is may not be something with the word FLU on the label. Just the age old remedy for aches and pains and fever. Such as aspirin or Tylenol.
Nearly everybody self medicates at one time or another and again Dr. Beri says to be mindful of what you buy off the shelf.
If you have existing medical problems make sure what you buy doesn't make your condition worse or react with your current medication. You can always check with your pharmacist to make sure you are making the right choice.