Posts Tagged 'flu season'

Well, it’s official

The Flu is beginning to hit hard in our area. Last week, Centra Care doctors saw an overall 72% increase in adult cases and a 54% increase in pediatric cases.

If you haven’t already gotten a flu shot, DO IT NOW. The 2014-2015 flu vaccine will protect against several influenza strains that research indicates will be most common during the season.

Altamonte Springs – up 400% (kids)
Hunter’s Creek – up 750%
Kissimmee – up 400%
Lee Road – up 500% ...

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Springtime Flu Is In The Air

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Just when you thought flu season was over, Centra Care doctors are reporting that Influenza, specifically Flu type B, is What’s Going Around.

Centra Care Medical Director, Dr. Tim Hendrix, believes the numbers are a pretty good indication that flu cases will be lingering into the summer.​

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Common Symptoms Include:

  • High Fever
  • Severe Aches & Pains
  • Exhaustion, Fatigue & Weakness
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Chest Discomfort

Less common symptoms include: sneezing, sore throat and stuffy nose.

The flu is very contagious. People carrying the influenza virus ...

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First Comes Flu, Then Comes Pneumonia

Centra Care Sees Record Number of Pneumonia Cases
Centra Care physicians have treated a record breaking number of flu cases this season, so it’s not surprising that pneumonia is now on the rise. Battling the flu can weaken one’s immune system and can lead to possible complications like pneumonia.

Centra Care clinics have already seen an increase of more than 100% from this time last year, going from 53 pneumonia cases in the first two weeks of 2012, to already ...

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Watch for DEHYDRATION during this cold/flu season

With cold and flu numbers continuing to be unusually high, plus an increase in patients with gastroenteritis (stomach flu), local Centra Care physicians are seeing more cases of dehydration as a complication of another illness.

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There are all levels of dehydration, but when it’s severe, dehydration is a life-threatening emergency.

Dehydration can be caused by not drinking enough fluids or by losing too much fluid through sweating, fever, vomiting or diarrhea.

In sick children, dehydration is often caused ...

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High Flu Numbers Leads to Major Asthma Increase

Colds and flu are wreaking havoc in Central Florida this month and that’s bad news for many asthma sufferers.  It comes as no surprise that Centra Care physicians have seen a significant increase in asthma patients recently.

Asthma is often triggered by a viral infection like a cold or the flu (two illnesses that are both showing high numbers these days). For those with asthma, what starts as a minor illness can quickly irritate your airway tubes and cause more ...

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Allergies, Cold or Flu? What to attribute your sniffles to?

Allergy sufferers can probably tell you – this is ragweed season.  Couple that with the warm, breezy weather Central Florida has been experiencing and it’s no wonder so many folks have been turning to Centra Care because of allergy complications.  Here are the Centra Care locations that saw the biggest allergy-related increases:

Sanford – up 500%

Waterford Lakes – up 400% in kids

Kissimmee – up 300%

Altamonte Springs – up 300% in kids

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Symptoms of allergies often mimic those of a ...

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