PIKEVILLE — The flu 2013-14 flu season is at its peak and Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) encourages everyone to take the proper precautions to help prevent the spread of this dreaded virus.
According to the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Kentucky’s current flu activity is widespread. This means that there are laboratory outbreaks of influenza or increases in Influenza Like Illness (ILI) cases in at least half of the regions in the state.
While many strains of the flu are circulating, H1N1 (known as the swine flu from the 2009 – 2010 season) and type A H2N3 influenza are the most prominent in the U.S. this year. This season’s trivalent flu vaccine includes protection from these two strains, as well as influenza type B virus.
To help prevent the spread of the flu, PMC encourages anyone who has not yet received the flu vaccine to do so.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get vaccinated against the flu as long as the flu viruses are circulating, even if they have already been sick with a flu-like illness.
The flu tends to spread when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks and air-born germs land in someone else’s mouth or nose, or through contact with an object that has the flu virus on it and then touching one’s mouth, eyes or nose.
Dr. Maleshea Dunning, Family Medicine Physician & Medical Education and Residency Director at Pikeville Medical Center, stated, “Hand washing is the number one way to prevent spread of illness. Also, anyone who has been diagnosed with the flu should limit their interaction with others or wear a mask in the presence of others.”
Symptoms of the flu can range in severity and may include some or all of the following:
•Feeling feverish or chills
•Runny or stuffy nose
•Muscle or body aches
•Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)
“It is best to receive treatment for the flu within the first 48 hours after symptoms begin,” said Dr. Dunning. “So, if someone is experiencing any of the above symptoms, he/she should seek immediate medical attention.”
PMC is still offering the flu vaccine at the following locations:
Pikeville Family Practice Clinic Pikeville Medical Center 911 Bypass Road, Pikeville 606-218-4800
Pikeville Walmart Clinic 254 Cassady Blvd. Pikeville, KY 606-437-0123
Pikeville Primary Care Dr. David Martin Grace Call Building, Suite 104 1098 South Mayo Trail, Pikeville 606-432-2872
Pikeville Primary Care 2 Dr. Carman Parker Grace Call Building, Suite 301 1098 South Mayo Trail, Pikeville 606-437-2121
Primary Care at Harold Dr. Paula Ashby Jones Dr. Angela Maggard 273 Old Harold Road, Harold 606-478-4600
Clinic at Shelby Valley Jamie Newsome, ARNP 6800 US 23 South, Suite 3 Pikeville 606-639-6537