The CDC places Nebraska in the widespread status regarding the number of flu cases reported. Dr. Brynn Lastovica is a family medicine physician at a clinic operated by Nebraska Medicine in Omaha and is on the front lines on battling the flu. She says there are more walk-ins.
Dr. Lastovica hasn’t been practicing long but says this is the worst flu season she has seen. They are concentrating on preventing the spread. It hits fast with body aches, headaches, nasal congestion and fever. As long as that fever is present a person is contagious and should stay home from work or school.
Dr. Lastovica says, “You can be contagious for up to ten days so usually that means a week off of work for a week at the least and not returning to work until you are fever-free without medicines.”
The good news is there are medications that can shorten the duration and symptoms of the flu but you must call your doctor immediately after onset of symptoms. That medication, like Tamiflu, only works if it is taken within the first day or two of onset. They are only available by prescription.
Dr. Lastovica says other illness making the rounds right now that are making people feel pretty miserable include rhinovirus and strep throat.