Health Alert: Elevated Concern for Flu Season: In a move designed to encourage the rapid response of physicians for the fast treatment of flu patients, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued an alert announcing high-risk patients have been experiencing severe bouts of influenza. Deaths have been reported.
At Advance ER, this new CDC warning has been noted as we approach the height of flu season. “We’re ready with a rapid response for patients who fit a high-risk profile and who are experiencing early flu symptoms,” said Advance ER physician Michael Chiang.
Who is at risk?
Regardless of whether or not you have had the flu shot, you could be at risk for experiencing a severe case of H1N1 or other type of influenza if you fit any of the following categories for high-risk patients:
- Pregnant or postpartum women (up to two weeks since delivery)
- Babies under age 2
- Adults aged 65 and older
- People with immunosuppression disorders
- People with pulmonary, cardiac, renal, hepatic, hematalogic, metabolic, neurologic or neurodevelopmental disorders
- American Indians and Native Alaskans
- Morbidly obese people
- Residents of nursing homes or long-term care facilities
- People under age 19 who are receiving long-term aspirin treatment
What are the symptoms?
The common symptoms for the flu, whether H1N1 or another variety, include any of the following:
- Nausea & Vomiting
- Congestion & Runny Nose
- Sore Throat
- Body Aches
When should I go to Advance ER?
As soon as you start showing symptoms of the flu, you need to go to Advance ER. “The earlier, the better. We need to see you within the first 48 hours to be able to give you the best chance at cutting down the severity and length of your flu,” said Dr. Chiang. For your convenience, both Advance ER locations are open 24/7 for walk-in patients experiencing early signs of the flu.
Can I still get a flu shot?
It’s not too late to receive a flu shot and it is a good idea, especially for those in the high-risk category.