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Clinics bombarded with people suffering from flu like symptoms

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

Precautions are being taken by just about everyone these days, as the concern over the H1N1 flu continues to grow.

With a lot of questions still surrounding H1N1, urgent treatment clinics have been busy.

Many patients have said they don't want to take any chances as they come in for coughs and any upper respiratory discomfort.

Wendy Keaton brought her 4-year old son Ashton for a seasonal flu shot.

"I think prevention is more important than him getting it and trying to give home the Tamiflu prevention is just better I think," says Keaton.

The Keaton family is one of many flocking to urgent treatment center and their local doctors, erring on the side of caution this flu season.

"I've seen a few patients who said I think I have a cold, otherwise they would not have checked it out but because of the swine flu, they want to be safe," says Dr. Fadi Bacha.

Bacha estimates a 30 percent increase in the number of patients packing the urgent treatments clinics since the beginning of the flu season, coming in for any signs of sickness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is concerned that this will be a particularly severe 2009-2010 flu season.

And the best tool, is of course, vaccination.

Some tips that Dr. Bacha has passed along to protect yourself, is to wash your hands and face with antibacterial soap, use a swab of alcohol to clean out the noise and use mouthwash to kill germs in the mouth.


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