Due to the high number of flu cases in the Omaha metro area, Nebraska Medicine added two walk-in flu clinics to offer patients another treatment option. Dr. Scott McPherson is a family physician at Clarkson Family Medicine at 40th and Douglas Street and says they are seeing a constant stream of patients coming through their door. He says they saw 32 patients on Monday, 22 on Tuesday and started this morning off with about six people seeking treatment for the flu.
The number of patients continues to grow. Dr. McPherson says symptoms start out similar to a cold with a sore throat and the sniffles. That is followed by headache, aches, congestion, fever and even some have experienced stomach symptoms. Dr. McPherson says, “It is not always easy to tell. We don’t use tests now because so many people are coming in with actual flu symptoms. When they sound like and look like and their exam appears to be consistent with flu we are offering treatment usually.”
Dr. McPherson says if you are diagnosed within 48 hours Tamiflu is a good treatment option. That is why it is important to be seen as soon as possible. Some people have waited too long and ended up in the hospital. He says it is important not to wait so long they can’t be treated in the clinic. No appointment is needed and they will operate through the duration of the flu season.