Weatherford, Texas — Medical City Weatherford has treated its first flu patients of the 2019 season, prompting emergency room experts to urge precautions to prevent the highly contagious virus from spreading. Patients have presented with both type A and B flu cases.
"We are urging community members to take precautions to protect themselves this season," said Nathan Holbrook, DO, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Medical City Weatherford. "The influenza vaccine can help prevent or lesson the severity of flu for the person who receives it. Additionally, it helps protect community members who may not be able to get vaccinated, such as newborn babies, cancer patients and others with underlying medical conditions."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines the typical flu season as late fall to early spring and recommends vaccination before the onset of flu activity in the community. FluMist, a needle-free option, is again available this season.
Normal flu symptoms include:
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Stuffy nose
In addition to the typical signs of flu, some age-dependent factors may indicate a more serious and potentially life-threatening infection.
- Trouble eating
- Difficulty breathing
- Crying without tears
- Fewer wet diapers than usual
- Breathing problems
- Bluish skin tone
- Trouble drinking adequate fluids
- Difficulty waking up or interacting with others
- Increased or unusual irritability
- Improvement in flu symptoms to later return with fever and cough
- Fever accompanied by a rash
- Shortness of breath
- Abdominal discomfort or chest pain
- Sudden dizziness
- Extreme or persistent vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough
If experiencing these symptoms, seek emergency care immediately.
To find a local physician, call (682) 218-5230. Medical City Healthcare also offers convenient Virtual Care allowing patients to see and talk to a clinician from a mobile device or computer, no appointment necessary.