Important Flu Information
Parrish Medical Center gets the word out about the flu
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently launched a flu assessment
Web portal to help patients gauge their symptoms and to help physicians
monitor their patients and manage case flow. Based on guidelines from
the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the symptom assessment
function advises patients when they should seek care for themselves or
their loved ones. The site also offers assessments relating to vaccines
for pregnant women and post vaccination symptoms.
- If you have flu symptoms, it is probably the flu, and most likely HINI-Swine Flu.
- Rapid Flu Testing (using a nasal swab) is not completely accurate (the
Center’s for Disease Control states that only 60% of swab tests
done are accurate).
- Because of its poor accuracy rate, having a swab test done is of little
value, and will be done only if the healthcare professional feels there
is a need to do it.
- If you have been sick for two (2) days or less, you can be treated with
- If you have been sick for more than 2 days, the only treatment is the same
as for a cold, with a few exceptions: rest, fluids, Acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
CHILDREN SHOULD NOT RECEIVE ASPIRIN IN ANY FORM FOR THE FLU.
- You can go back to work or school one day after your symptoms are gone
without the use of fever reducers. Healthcare workers should stay home
for 7 days or until symptoms are gone, which ever is longer.
If you have additional questions about either seasonal or swine (H1N1)
flu, please visit the Centers For Disease Control for the latest in flu