There is still time to get a flu shot. That's the messages from local doctors as Influenza tops what's going around this week.
Dr. Mel Roca in Council Bluffs says the symptoms are similar to a cold, but differ because the flu comes suddenly with high fever, chills and sweats. Body aches - especially on the back, arms and legs accompany the flu - along with tiredness and weakness - so much so - you can't get out of bed. There is no cure, so all you can do is treat the symptoms while your body fights off the virus. His advice? Stop smoking or avoid second hand smoke. Drink plenty of fluids like water, juice and homemade soups and take over-the-counter Tylenol and Ibuprofen for aches and pains. But he says no aspirin for kids or cough meds for children under four.
Dr. Robert Beer in West Omaha says if you or your kids have flu symptoms, you should contact your doctor right away. There are anti-viral medications, like Tamiflu and Relenza that can help if they're started early. Dr. Beer says it is not too late to get a flu shot or the FluMist. Influenza usually peaks in March or April in this area - so the current outbreak may be just the beginning.
Dr. Mindy Lacey in Midtown is seeing children with RSV. Children and adults can get the virus - especially this time of year. Symptoms include: cough, fever, nasal congestion, runny nose, rapid breathing, wheezing and even grunting in infants. This is the most common type of lower respiratory infection for children one year of age and under. If an infant has a fever of 100.4 or higher, or has difficulty breathing - see the doctor. Children with difficulty breathing - may require inhaled breathing treatments of oxygen.