As flu case numbers around the state of Florida continue to increase, Centra Care physicians have already treated a record breaking number of confirmed flu patients this season.
Florida is just one a few states around the country where the flu is considered to be widespread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The following locations saw an increase in patients treated for the flu last week:
Dr. Phillips – up 600%
Port Orange – up 400% (kids)
South Orange – up 450%
What To Do If You Suspect You Have The Flu:
Centra Care has a quick influenza test, which will tell within minutes if you have the flu. The earlier you are diagnosed can make a difference in how long the flu lasts or how severe it may become. Prescription anti-viral medications (like Tamiflu) are very effective in shortening the duration of flu, and all Centra Care locations carry this, BUT you need to start the medication within 48 hours of symptom onset or they won’t work.
- Sore Throat
- Runny or Stuffy Nose
- Body Aches
Because last year’s flu season impacted younger adults in particular, Centra Care physicians want to remind Central Floridians that the single best protection against the flu is still the flu shot, even for healthy children and adults.
The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6-months and older, especially those who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications. Adults ages 65 and older, pregnant women and young children are at particular risk, as are people with certain health conditions, including asthma, heart disease and blood disorders, among others.