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Indy Hospital ERs Seeing More Flu Patients

1/10/2013

Some Indiana hospital emergency rooms are seeing double the number of patients with flu-like symptoms compared to last year.

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St. Vincent Hospital's Dr. Ryan Venis says the rise in flu patients creates a public health issue alone with the potential spread of the virus within hospitals. He says they've seen a huge jump in sick patients that are keeping the St. Vincent ER busy. Dr. Venis says they're seeing upwards of 30 patients each day with flu-like symptoms. He says that figure is cause for serious concern. He says only ten-percent of the flu patients he's seeing have gotten flu shots. He adds that it's preferable for patients with primary care doctors to visit them rather than flood emergency rooms that are already challenged with patients with other issues.

Dr. Venis says children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are the one who require the greatest attention. He says for the most part, influenza is an illness that requires "waiting out" with the patients taking lots of fluids, rest and flu medicine. Flu symptoms include: body aches, cough, high fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

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