Lexington ER doctor sees surge in flu cases

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - An emergency room doctor says the number of people they're treating for the flu is on the rise.

"We were seeing a couple of cases a day for the last few weeks but over the last few days it has really, really grown to the point where we are getting dozens of cases all day," said Dr. Ryan Stanton at Baptist Health Lexington.

Stanton says the flu season got kicked into gear with some help from the holidays.

"Thanksgiving really got us kicked off with infectious diseases where everybody came together and shared everything they had and Christmas will do the same," he said.

He suggest a few simple steps, such as cleaning surfaces like cell phones and door knobs, washing your hands regularly, and getting the flu shot, which can still help with symptoms, even if you're one of the people who get sick after getting it.

"Because your body already has a jumpstart on that immunity and the immune response," Stanton said.

At the hospital they're asking visitors to wear surgical masks to help limit the spread of the virus.
He also suggests that anyone who might be sick avoid situations where they could be around groups of people.

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