Flu Have You Blue? What Can You Do?
Posted February 8, 1998
CARY — Not much. After a week of dealing with packed waiting rooms, doctors say they think the flu has peaked, which is the good news. The bad news is that if you have it, anti-biotics won't help because a virus causes the flu.
Dr. Deborah Morris of Doctors' Urgent Care in Cary says although there's not much you can do after the fact, a flu shot taken in advance does a lot to protect against it.
Morris says typically patients show up with a high fever, cough, sore throat and muscle aches among their symptoms. Most people are out of commission for five or more days.
Although there has been some thought that a resistant flu strain is going around, Morris says it's not so. She said that out of every 100 flu patients she treats, only one or two said they had, in fact, had a flu shot.
According to Morris, the other 98 hadn't gotten a preventive shot.
Morris reminds everyone that flu is an airborne virus, which means a patient can easily infect every around. Even though lots of children are being kept home from school, and adults are home from work, that is truly the best course.