It was one week ago that Nebraska Medicine opened three flu clinics in the Omaha metro area. Clarkson Family Medical Center Clinic’s Dr. Scott McPherson says combined they have treated 99 people for influenza.
Dr. McPherson says, “The Chalco Clinic has been a little busier with anywhere from three to 17 patients a day. At Clarkson Family Medicine we’ve seen between three and 13. At Plattsmouth, at the clinic there, they have had days with no patients up to four patients. I would say the numbers are certainly equivalent to where they began last year. It is also hard to say how many other clinics, how many other doctors’ offices are making arrangements to see their flu patients for them.”
At Clarkson Family Medicine, Dr. McPherson says they have seen all age groups from infants to the elderly. In the first week they have seen 99 flu patients between the three clinics.
It is not too late to get a flu shot. Dr. McPherson says, “Influenza can be serious. You generally will have fever, body aches, chills and maybe a cough involved. It usually isn’t just the sniffles and a sore throat. It is usually a fairly significant illness. There is treatment for Influenza. If you think you have Influenza you should contact your primary care provider’s office and be seen as soon as possible.”