For nearly 60 years, Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) has been providing medical
services for residents in south central Missouri and northern Arkansas.
With 8 OMC Clinics, we have a clinic that’s convenient for you and
your family, with extended hours, same day appointments and urgent care.
OMC has a $70 million expansion in the works, and we are excited to bring
a new era of healthcare to the community.
OMC has the right
flu care at the right time. While you can catch the flu year round, it is more common to catch flu
viruses during the fall and winter months, typically starting in October.
The first and most important step in protecting against the flu is vaccinating
anyone over 6 months of age. Daily precautions can also help such as avoiding
those infected and with frequent handwashing.
If you do develop influenza, it will typically manifest as fever, headache,
muscle aches and respiratory symptoms. For healthy patients, symptoms
commonly last a week and can be treated at home. Doctors typically recommend
plenty of rest and fluids. Over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen
or acetaminophen for fever and body aches may help alleviate symptoms.
Antihistamines and decongestants may help you breathe easier.
If you develop flu-like symptoms and are in a high-risk group or very ill,
you should contact your healthcare provider. High-risk patients may include
young children, pregnant women, people over 65 years old, and those with
suppressed immune systems. Your doctor or nurse practitioner may prescribe
an antiviral medication to reduce the severity and length of your symptoms.
There are times when the flu can lead to serious complications and emergency
medical attention may be necessary. In fact, for those at high risk, the
flu may lead to pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and rarely, hospitalization or death.
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm to learn warning signs that the flu could become an emergency:
If you have any questions, contact your family doctor or nurse practitioner.
If you need one, call our Family Medicine clinics at 417-505-7100 for
Dr. Jen Lambert, or 417-257-5911 for Dr. Druery Dixon and Dr. Mary Pendergrass.
For more information about OMC, visit
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm