GAMBRILLS, Md. - No bumps or bruises for Sean Collins, but he has plenty of aches and pains, the most common complaint for those with the flu.
A push from his girlfriend and six days of feeling down and out got him to Righttime Medical Care in Gambrills.
"I woke up in the middle of the night and was very sick, fever, started vomiting a little bit. And I started getting some aches and pains. I couldn't get off the couch," Collins said.
The test came back negative, but Dr. Marc Weber still diagnosed Collins with the flu based on a discussion.
"It's a very abrupt onset of high fever, chills, headaches, body aches, your hair aches, your nails ache, your teeth ache. You feel like you're hit by a truck and you want to die," Dr. Weber. said
Collins is among hundreds diagnosed with the flu at Righttime this year. The office is seeing a spike in the number of cases. It's been a slower start to the flu season, but it's here.
Collins stopped getting the vaccine following a military mandate.
"I was in the military. They made us get it every year. And I wanted to see how it worked if I didn't get it. So I didn't get it and I was fine for three years, but now it finally came back to bite," Collins said.
It bit hard. It's not too late to get the flu shot, but it takes two weeks to be effective. After a week off from work, Collins may change his mind on flu shots next year.