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Flu Season is Here Again

Washington Regional - "Well, it's Flu Season, we've got sporadic cases out in the community already." Ronald BrimberryM.D. is an Urgent Care Physician who works for Washington Regional's Urgent Care Clinic in Johnson and Fayetteville and he says it's time to get your flu shot.

"I would encourage anybody in the community right now to go ahead and get their flu shots from where ever they can. It can be a deadly Illness, especially for those at high risk and that's why it's important for everyone to vacinated."

"What people need to look out for if they get sick and they need to come to their doctor or to one of our Urgent Care centers is the sudden onset of  an illness that has basically fever, chills, body aches, headaches, body aches, sore throat and cough. Those are going to be the predominate symptoms that come one rapidly."

"A lot of people say ' Doc, I feel like I got hit by a truck' and that's a good way of me knowing that those symptoms are suggestive of influenza."

Dr. Brimberry syas if you think you have the flu to call your doctor immediately. "Try to get in as soon as possible." as the treatments available need to be given quickly. "The medicines that we have are only effective at trying to reduce the symptoms if you get started within the first 48 hours of the illness. So get in soon if you think it's the flu, and if you can't get into your doctor's office then that's why we have Urgent Care Centers to try to help with the overflow and the busy flu season, when they can't work you in or after hours when the docs can't work you in. "

Dr Brimberry recommends patients choose the Urgent Care Clinic over the Emergency Room for after hours visits if the Urgent Care is open. The Washington Regional urgent Care Clinic in Johnson is open from 7 am to 7pm Monday through Saturdays, and Sundays from 8 am to 4 pm.  The Fayetteville location is open from 9 am to 9 pm everyday.

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