Habersham Medical Center is treating a growing number of patients suffering from the flu.
 
According to Teri Newsome, director of quality and patient safety officer at Habersham Medical Center, the medical center has been treating a growing number of patients with flu-like symptoms including cough, congestion and fever and several have had confirmed flu tests.  
 
“Habersham Medical Center has had 28 patients test positive for the flu in the past week,” says Newsome. “These patients vary in age from children to senior adults. While, no public outbreak has been reported, it is wide-spread - with hospitals experiencing an increase in flu activity within the last few weeks.
 
Common flu symptoms may include a fever, headache, tiredness or weakness, dry cough, sore throat, runny nose, chills and/or body aches. If you develop these symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, stay home and avoid contact with other people; and cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze to prevent spread of the illness.
           
“Flu prevention is key,” adds Newsome.  “The peak of flu season occurs late January to early February and it is not too late to receive the flu vaccine. The vaccine is still offered at many places, including some physician offices, the health department and many pharmacies are still advertising them. People, six months and older, should receive the vaccine.We also highly advise everyone to wash their hands often with soap and warm water or use hand sanitizers, especially this time of year; after visiting crowded department stores or attending holiday events.”