Holiday cases of flu flooding doctor offices

      {}{} Dr. Phillip Bobo, who runs the Emergi-Care center of Tuscaloosa has been asking{}one question to patients lately..."how long have you been sick?'

      {}{} It helps Bobo tell if patients like Brittany Thomas have the flu.{} "I don't want to eat. I'm extremely tired. My whole body hurts. The normal sinus stuff," she said of her flu experience.

      {}{} By the time we visited Dr. Bobo's office at 2pm Monday, he sad seen 88-patients.{} About half of those patients had the flu.{} He says that's been the trend. "I've been seeing it now for the past three weeks and its getting progressively worse."

      {}{}{}Doctor Bobo says most patients he's examined are testing positive for Influenza A.{}{} Surprisingly, 80-perence of those previously had a flu shot.{} Bobo says they probably still contracted the virus because it produced a strain the virus was not designed to fight off.{} "A new strain shows or strains mutate which they do frequently and then you've got something that vaccine didn't protect you from."

      "Runny nose, cough, you name it -- my head hurts," added Thomas.

      {} Physicians recommend those who have escaped the virus so far to wash and clean your hands frequently.{} Although its the season to meet and greet..."Stay out of people face, don't eat or drink after anyone," stressed Dr. Bobo.{} He says you will know if you contract the flu "People describe it as like a truck ran over them. That's what I ask them, did a truck run over you and what time and basically you have a pretty good idea if they have the flu then."