Jan. 11, 2018 –With the high number of flu cases in Georgia and across
the United States, Southeast Georgia Health System health care professionals
are urging everyone to take precautions to protect themselves and their
“We’re definitely seeing an increase in patients that have
tested positive for the flu in the last few weeks,” says Steven
Mosher, M.D., board-certified physician, Infectious Disease Care Center,
a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System. “The best
protection is a flu vaccine and it’s not too late to get vaccinated.
It’s also important to try to avoid contact with people who are
sick, and to avoid exposing others. Other than to seek medical care, if
you’re experiencing flu symptoms, you should be responsible and
stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone.”
As with many hospitals across the nation, the Health System’s Emergency
Care Centers are experiencing longer wait times due to the increase in
people experiencing flu symptoms. Knowing when to seek medical attention
for flu symptoms is important.
“For the most part, flu symptoms can be managed at home,” says
Mosher. “Fever, muscle aches, and cough can usually be managed with
over-the-counter medications. There are anti-viral medications to treat
influenza but they are most effective if given within 72 hours from the
onset of symptoms. The flu becomes a medical emergency when there’s
persistent fever over 102, dehydration to due vomiting and/or diarrhea,
chest pain, shortness of breath, or altered mental status/confusion. People
with chronic medical problems, such as heart or lung disease, and people
older than age 65 or younger than 2 years, should seek medical treatment
Mosher adds that children should receive medical attention immediately
if they have persistent high fever, become lethargic, develop rapid breathing
or if their lips or skin turns blue.
“If someone isn’t able to get an appointment with their physician,
we have three Immediate Care Centers in Glynn County that can treat patients
for flu,” says Mosher. “Patients will experience a much shorter
wait time by vising the Immediate Care Center instead of the Emergency
Care Center. The cost is much lower as well.”
The St. Simons Immediate Care Center is located at 5000 Wellness Way, near
Gascoigne Bluff. Brunswick locations include Glynn Immediate Care Center
at 3400 Parkwood Drive, and Glynco Immediate Care Center at 15 Gable Court.
For more information about the Immediate Care Centers, visit sghs.org
or call 1-855-ASK-SGHS (1-855-275-7447).
Additional precautions to help prevent the spread of flu, include:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw
the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available,
use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
Southeast Georgia Health System and its strategic affiliates offer flu
vaccine at several locations throughout the area. Please contact your
health care provider, or visit sghs.org/flu for more information on a
location to obtain a flu vaccine.