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February 01, 2018 06:10 PM

HealthBeat: Flu Patients Flock To KELOLAND Clinics

The flu is keeping waiting rooms full across KELOLAND.   Clinics are seeing a spike in cases as we approach the peak of flu season.

Fighting the flu is a round-the-clock job at QuickHealth Urgent Care.

"We go from 7 a.m. to nine at night.  There's times we don't get out of here until 10.  We've definitely seen a spike in flu cases," QuickHealth Urgent Care Clinic Manager Annie Kruse said.

The symptoms come on suddenly.   Roosevelt senior Brad Grave is missing school after coming down with a headache, coughing and runny nose.

"I couldn't get no sleep last night.  So I decided I better come here and get checked-out," Grave said.

Not even the flu vaccine will keep everyone healthy.

"Upwards of 90-percent of the people we have with flu have had their flu shots," Kruse said.

Perry Groten: Young children, the elderly and people who are already battling other health issues should go see a doctor if they're experiencing flu symptoms.

"Parents should be watching for, you're going to see the high fevers, the body aches, the tiredness, the cough," Kruse said.

Hand sanitizer flows freely at the clinic.  Flu patients are encouraged to wear masks to protect others.  But the best protection is bed rest.

"If you don't feel good, stay home, don't go out and spread it," Kruse said.

Average wait times at QuickHealth Urgent Care have been around a half-hour.  

Health experts say you should never go to the emergency room if you only have mild symptoms.  Allow people with real medical emergencies to see the ER doctors.

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