Flu Season in Florida Shows Symptoms of an Increase in Outbreaks and Later Arrival
Flu season in Florida is nothing to sneeze at this year. Medical experts warn of a recent increase in outbreaks of the flu in Florida. While flu season typically peaks in late January and February, it has come later this year. Up until now, there has been low influenza activity in the state, but a sudden increase in outbreaks shows that flu season in Florida is just now getting underway.
The Chilling Increase of Flu in East and Southeast Florida
While 40 Florida counties reported a rise in influenza activity this week the largest increase of the flu in Florida was seen in the east and southeast regions. In this area, there was a major jump in visits to emergency rooms and urgent care centers like MD Now for treatment of flu and flu-like symptoms, especially among children from newborn to age nine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the main symptoms of the flu include:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches or body aches
Don’t Give a Flu Shot the Cold Shoulder
With flu season in Florida just starting to strike, all Florida residents need to take every possible precaution to protect themselves from the flu. And residents of east and southeast Florida must be especially vigilant about staying healthy, given the recent increase of outbreaks in these areas. For maximum protection from the flu in Florida, medical experts strongly advise getting your entire family vaccinated against the flu.
If You Already Have Symptoms of the Flu…
If possible, it’s best to treat flu symptoms with an anti-viral medication within the first 72 hours to decrease their severity and shorten their duration.
If You Have Diabetes…
It is extremely important to seek immediate treatment because diabetes makes it more difficult for your body to fight the flu. Influenza can put excessive stress on your body that can seriously impact your blood sugar levels and increase your risk of major health complications.
If You Don’t Seek Treatment for Flu Symptoms…
The flu can become extremely dangerous for anyone who doesn’t get proper treatment. Untreated influenza can lead to a number of serious consequences such as pneumonia, congestive heart failure, neurological disorders, Reye’s syndrome, and even death.
To protect yourself and your family from the flu and its complications, come straight to your nearest MD Now at the first sign of symptoms. Our physicians can prescribe the proper medications to ease all of your symptoms and prevent a mild case of the flu from becoming a major health crisis. By seeking treatment at MD Now, you can avoid the long waits and high bills at the emergency room or your doctor’s office, while getting the immediate treatment you need.
MD Now is Your Source for the Highest-Quality Care
Discover the caring, convenient, and cost-efficient treatment that can always be found at MD Now. All of our locations are open seven days a week, 365 days a year, and operate on a walk-in, no-appointment basis to conveniently suit your schedule. With over 65 locations throughout Indian River, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Lee and Manatee counties, quality care is always within your reach. For the Florida locations nearest you, visit mdnow.com/locations.
To learn more about our urgent care centers, call 888-MDNow-911 or visit www.MDNow.com.