Flu and cold viruses filling the emergency rooms

Although the weather has been warming up a bit, people are still getting sick. Doctors are seeing more patients with flu and cold related symptoms.

Posted: Mar 22, 2019 5:02 PM
Updated: Mar 22, 2019 6:24 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind (WLFI)—Flu and Cold viruses are hitting hard before the season's over, and filling emergency rooms. 

 "We're still seeing positive influenza tests," said IU Health Arnett Physician Nicole Moon. "So in looking, it seems like the flu could last a couple more weeks."

Moon says many of the people who skipped out on the vaccine this year, are finding themselves in the ER later.

 "We've seen a lot of people coming in that, I feel, try to manage it at home," said Moon.  "Or some people do present right away because they've said, I've been through this before. I know what it is like."

Chills, head to toe body aches, and vomitting are just a few symptoms. Dr. Moon says the reasons behind the flu lasting so long are difficult to pin down. Either way, it's dangerous, especially for children. Moon said there could be some scary complications with kids.

Owner of Bloom and Flourish, Amanda Kennedy, holds after-school classes. But she says because of the increase in illnesses, there's been a decrease in children.

"Parents have contacted us and said my kids not feeling well, they've got a fever," said Kennedy. "We are going to need to reschedule a different day. So we've been rescheduling quite a few classes."

Kennedy's child had a minor health injury that caused her family to visit the emergency room. She says her visit to the ER predicted the overflow of patients.

"We went early afternoon, so before school was out so not super full," said Kennedy. "But you could tell that once school time was over or people were getting off work it started to fill up."

While the flu and cold viruses continue, Dr. Moon says, it's unfortunately too late for a vaccine.

"We're hoping again that it's kind of on its way out," said Moon.  "And then we'll be preparing for the next year."

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