Last year’s flu season was the worst in Colorado history. Here’s why early flu testing and treatment is imperative.
It’s the beginning of the 2018-2019 flu season, and if it is anything like last year, it could be one of the worst to date. If you live or work in Westminster, Colorado, now is the time to prepare and learn how to avoid the flu or at least shorten its duration if you become ill. The Denver Post has already reported the first cases of the flu in the Greater Denver area, so it’s only a matter of time before Westminster is affected. If you end up being unlucky, and start developing flu symptoms, be sure to visit one of our Westminster urgent care locations for early flu testing and treatment options.
According to Kirk Mitchell of the Denver Post, ”the most recent flu season was the worst in Colorado history with 4,650 residents going to the hospital with the disease between fall 2017 and spring 2018, state officials announced Thursday.” Health officials in Denver are urging people to get a flu shot, to prevent the flu. The CDC held a flu vaccine campaign press conference in DC on September 27, which included a recent “estimate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu last season.” Those numbers are the highest to date.
The CDC held a flu vaccine campaign press conference in DC on September 27, which included a recent “estimate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu last season.”
The 2018-2019 flu season could be even worse, so it’s important to get your flu shot. The ideal time to get the flu shot is October or November. Equally as important, is getting a flu test at the first sign of symptoms. Unlike the common cold, flu symptoms usually appear in 24 hours. Flu testing is much more important than most people realize, because it ensures accurate diagnosis, and allows immediate treatment. Flu treatment might include administering important fluids, providing anti-fever medication, etc. Here’s the real benefit – If administered in the beginning stages of the flu, anti-viral drugs can help shorten the duration of the flu, and even lessen symptoms. A shorter, less severe flu decreases odds of complications, such as hospitalization.
MUC has two convenient urgent cares in Westminster that provide flu shots, flu testing and flu treatment seven days a week from 8am – 8pm. Patients can walk-in, check-in online or call to make an appointment.
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