It is officially flu season in our north central Arkansas.
“We have had patients test positive for influenza recently,” Dr. John Leslie said. “The best way to avoid getting the flu is an annual flu vaccination. Frequent handwashing also helps prevent getting sick during the flu season.”
If you think you may have the flu or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for the flu, you should be tested for the flu within 24-48 hours. According to Dr. Leslie, most cases of the flu resolve with rest, fluids and fever medications. People who are in higher risk groups (pregnant women, very young, very old and those with chronic conditions) should see their doctor to determine if they need treatment. In most cases, it is fine to wait until your primary care clinic is open or go to Mediquick, the urgent care clinic. Dr. Leslie recommends only using the emergency room if you are extremely sick.
According to NARMC LPN, Candi Martinez, Tamiflu has been known to lessen symptoms and duration of the flu if started within 48 hours of a positive screening. You are contagious from 1 day before you have symptoms and continues for 5-7 days. NARMC is open 24/7 to serve you.