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Urgent Care Visits Increase Due To The Flu

First Med Urgent Care Encourages Getting The Flu Shot!

One expert from Bayor College of Medicine, Dr. Robert Atmar, says that while it is always difficult to predict what is going to happen, the previous flu season and current flu activity may indicate a severe flu season from October of 2017 until May of 2018. With that being said, it’s also mentioned that it is important to get vaccinated as soon as possible to fight against influenza. First Med Urgent Care staff would have to agree.

First Med Urgent Care doctors have seen an increase in patients checking in for the flu. Many patients coming in are testing positive for the flu already this season. Our urgent care clinics started pushing early flu shot prevention weeks ago, but we understand that not everyone was quite ready to come in for vaccination at that time. For those of you who have been lucky enough to dodge this illness up to now, it’s not too late to come in for a flu shot!

Our urgent care staff encourages everyone at high risk for influenza (or the flu) to get the vaccine, soon. The categories of high risk persons include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Elderly adults
  • Young children 6 month – 8 years old

If you have specific allergies, such as an allergy to eggs, you’ll need to speak with the urgent care doctor on staff to determine if the flu shot is safe for you. Some flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg protein. Other strands do not contain egg and are approved by the FDA for use in people age 18 and older.

Of course, if you’re already past the point of getting a flu shot, because you’re already suffering from the usual flu symptoms of fever, chills, aches, cough, or sore throat then please don’t hesitate to come in for treatment. We’re still here to help you feel better soon!

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Urgent Care Patients: Do You Need To Worry About Influenza?

First Med Urgent Care: The Flu

First Med Urgent Care staff have seen a rise in the influenza or flu illness in patients over the past few months. The flu is usually an annual outbreak. The time frame for the beginning of the epidemic is usually as early as November and runs as late as April. With that being said, our urgent care staff has taken notice that the symptoms started later in this “cycle” than usual. This means, we predict the flu virus will continue to go strong until, possibly, May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have weekly U.S. influenza surveillance reports. These reports tell us that the flu activity has remained high in the past few months.

Some flu symptoms you may want to keep an eye out for include: sudden onset of cough, high fever, chill, severe headache, and body aches.

An urgent care tip from us: The illness can last as long as two weeks before full recovery. If it is lasting longer than that, seek medical help. Although there are medications to help prevent or shorten the illness, vaccination is the best way to prevent illness.

The flu has had a stronger effect on young children and there have been some tragedies associated with the illness. So, yes, it is a very serious issue and you should worry about the flu. It is very important to pay attention to your health and the health of your family members. Urgent care staff are available to treat your flu needs should you find that you are getting sick. If you have not had flu symptoms this season and you want to stay preventative,  it is not too late to get the flu shot. Our urgent care is open 7 days a week for your convenience. Our five locations are spread throughout the Oklahoma City and Metro areas to service many patients. Click here for our urgent care hours of operation.