Flu hits Spokane hard. Now what?

Flu hits Spokane hard. Now what?

If you don’t have the symptoms, you probably know someone who does. The flu and other respiratory issues are hitting Spokane hard, but there are things you can do to lessen the pain and suffering.

Nearly 300 people have been hospitalized with the flu in Spokane, according to the Spokane Regional Health District. Several people have died from complications as well.

So, what can you do?

“We will always encourage vaccinations,” said Dr. Bob Lutz, Spokane Regional Health Officer. “I know there have been some concerns about the benefits of this year’s vaccine. What we’re seeing, at least locally, is the strains of Influenza that are being reported are those in the vaccine. So, that’s encouraging.”

But, even those who have received the flu vaccine can end up with the flu.

Dr. Lutz suggests that you start taking care of yourself as soon as you notice the first symptoms. Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, take Tylenol or ibuprofen and take cool baths to ease the fever.

He suggests you call your doctor if you have concerns before risking coming into a clinic and infecting others. Those with underlying medical conditions, people over 65 and young children should be seen by a doctor because anti-viral medications can help in the first 48 hours.

Don’t forget about prevention. Practice good respiratory etiquette by coughing into your sleeve or a tissue and if you’re not feeling well, stay home so you don’t infect others.

For more information about the flu in the community and for a complete list of resources, visit the Spokane Regional Health District’s page.