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Emergency Rooms Facing More Influenza Patients This Year

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Emergency Room Physician Joshua Brueggemann says this year's influenza season is worse than last year. While getting the flu may seem just like an inconvenience, it can be a serious sickness for certain populations.
"Sometimes people don't take the flu seriously because they don't understand how dangerous it can be. But people still do die of influenza, in some years there's tens of thousands in this country that die from influenza or complications of influenza" says Dr. Brueggemann.
Some populations including young children and the elderly face greater risks for flu complications, and you can help out by getting the flu shot.
"You're protecting friends and family, you're protecting somebody at Walmart you don't know that has COPD or asthma" says the physician.
 "I did get the flu vaccine because I think vaccinations help keep the public healthy and I don't like spreading diseases. I think everybody should get vaccinated because it keeps the public a lot healthier" says Wyatt, a Four States resident.
But sometimes folks can get caught up in their busy lifestyles.
 "I did not..just cause I haven't had time to get it yet" says Connar, another Four States resident.
But Dr. Brueggemann says there are other ways to prevent getting the flu, like practicing good hand hygiene and staying away from others who have the virus.
"Common symptoms of the flu are fever body aches and chills, sore throat, cough, runny nose...so a lot of the common cold symptoms, but they tend to be more severe"
If you fall under one of the vulnerable categories or are showing severe symptoms, he recommends you contact your doctor.
And if you feel like you can't ride out the symptoms, Tamiflu can be a good treatment for symptoms but it wont be as effective if you don't get it within the first few days of having symptoms.

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