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Flu Season Impacting Local Hospitals

Oregon has seen thousands of flu cases across the state this season making it one of the worst in years. NewsWatch 12's Eliana Sheriff went to a local emergency room to see how the flu is hitting the Rogue Valley.

Posted: Jan 18, 2018 6:37 PM
Updated: Jan 18, 2018 6:46 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.-- Oregon is seeing one of the worse flu seasons in recent years.
And patients with flu-like symptoms are filling up emergency departments across the Rogue Valley.

Dr. Bergey, D.O. says, "We've seen about a 10-20 percent rise in our general volume. A good 25 percent of the patients we're seeing are flu related. 10 percent of patients admitted are flu positive, so it's making a big impact."

Providence says we're about halfway through the season so there should be a decrease in the number of cases soon.
About half of those patients admitted for the flu have had their flu shot.
This year the vaccine is only about 30% effective.

Dr. Bergey, D.O. says, “We're still seeing those patients who are getting the flu shots get the flu but the good news is those patients tend to have less severe symptoms so it's still worth getting and it's not too late to get your flu shot."

Most flu patients get supportive care.

Dr. Bergey, D.O. says, "We recommend anti-fever reducing medications, like Tylenol and Ibuprofen. We tell patients to keep their fluids up. We coach patients to not spread it to family by washing your hands, covering your cough, and disinfecting your surfaces."

Signs that your flu is getting worse and you should go back to the doctor include having trouble breathing, weakness, and confusion.

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