The Brazos County health department reports nearly 1,500 people had the flu during December. And almost 300 more had flu-like symptoms.
That has added more patients to local hospitals.
CHI St. Joseph Health chief medical officer Dr. Kia Parsi, and Baylor Scott & White-College Station medical center infectious disease physician Dr. Seth Sullivan both say their emergency rooms have been extremely busy.
Both recommend at the onset of flu or flu like symptoms to call your primary care physician first for direction.
For those without a primary care doctor, go to an urgent care clinic.
Both say emergency rooms should be used for those who are very ill and their symptoms could result in hospitalization.
Click below for comments from Dr. Kia Parsi and Dr. Seth Sullivan, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.
Additional information from the Brazos County Health Department:
Over 1,400 flu cases were reported to the Brazos County Health Department in the month of December.
The chart above describes the number of reported cases in Brazos County, as well as the number of Influenza like Illness cases (Influenza like illness is a wide-ranging category that may involve other viruses with similar symptoms as the flu or patients who probably have the flu but didn’t get a flu test.)
If you get sick:
1. Take Antiviral Medications.
• Visit your primary care provider or urgent care, if you have flu like symptoms, such as fever, body aches, cough, and sore throat. Antivirals may be prescribed within the first 48 hours of symptom onset. If you’re concerned about complications from the flu, like dehydration or a high fever (103 or higher), seek medical attention.
• Don’t take the family with you when you go to the doctor. Taking them with you may expose them to the flu virus and get them sick.
2. Take everyday precautions to protect others while sick.
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
3. Stay home until you are better.
• If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. Your fever should be gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu or www.brazoshealth.org or call 979-361-4440.
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