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OMC Has The Right Flu Care At The Right Time

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.

Visit 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 www.OzarksMedicalCenter.com.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018, https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

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