Influenza, also known as the flu, is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. As fall and winter approach, Black River Healthcare Clinic and Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) typically see an increase in patients with influenza, some needing hospitalization. Those that are more at-risk include the elderly and the very young as they may have a weaker immune system.
Sometimes, it is hard to tell the difference between a cold and the flu. Cold symptoms can include having a stuffy head, runny nose, coughing, and headaches. The flu includes fever/chills, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, and extreme fatigue. Tests can be done within the first few days to confirm whether you have a cold or the flu.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever over 100 degrees, vomiting, or diarrhea, call your health care provider. There are medications you can take to help alleviate your symptoms. To avoid spreading the flu, stay home until your symptoms have resolved.
BRMH Infection Prevention Nurse Julia Smith stated, “It’s not too late to get a flu shot to protect yourself, your family, and your community. In addition, washing your hands is one of the most important things you can do to prevent the spread of the flu and other illness.”
Talk with your health care provider about receiving the flu vaccine. The Black River Healthcare Clinic, located on the hospital campus, is holding a vaccination clinic on Wednesday, October 27th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. To schedule an appointment, call 715-284-3355.
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