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All About the Flu & Flu Shots

September 24, 2013

Know What to Do About the Flu - 2013-2014 Season

 

 

  • Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when you cough or sneeze.
    Dispose of tissue immediately after use.
    Or cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.

 

 

  • Flu Wash Hands GraphicClean your hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand cleaners, especially after a cough or sneeze.

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  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

 

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  • Stay at home if you are sick &  avoid close contact with sick people.

 

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  • Practice healthy habits.
    Be physically active, manage your stress, eat nutritious food,
    drink plenty of fluids and get plenty of sleep.
     

 

Flu Vaccination - The Best Defense for Kids & Adults!

Get vaccinated for seasonal flu

 • Effective: On average, the flu shot provides about a 75% effectiveness in reducing flu-related hospitalizations.

 • Protection: The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three flu viruses, including novel H1N1. The nasal spray protects against 4 viruses this year.

 • Options: A flu shot created from an inactivated virus is available to people 6 months and older. A nasal spray created from live viruses is also available to healthy people between 2 years to 49 years of age. After examining the information on the new senior high-dose flu vaccine, Beaver physicians have decided NOT to offer that vaccine this year.  They are using caution until clinical studies have been completed that will tell if the high-dose flu vaccine is more effective than the regular flu vaccine for seniors.  The Centers for Disease Control does not recommend the high-dose flu vaccine for seniors over the regular flu vaccine at this time.

 • Who: Seasonal vaccination is recommended every year for people over 6 months of age. It is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, nursing moms people with chronic health conditions, and all people 65 years and older. People who care for or live with high risk people should also get vaccinated, including health care workers.

How to get vaccinated
 • If you wish, you may go ahead and schedule an appointment for a seasonal flu shot for November by calling 909-335-4105. Patients may:
  - Request an appointment online
 - Once the vaccine arrives, if you have a regular appointment with your physician, you will be offered the flu shot at that time.


 • Non Beaver patients may pay cash for a flu shot at Beaver Medical Group, or get a low-cost shot at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. You may visit their website at http://www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/dph/ or call them at 1-800-722-4794 for more information.  

Flu Treatment

Symptoms of the flu
 •  Fever
 •  Headache
 •  Muscle aches
 •  Extreme tiredness
 •  Dry cough
 • Sore throat
 • Runny or stuffy nose
 • Stomach symptoms - nausea, vomiting or diarrhea

Treat the flu at home
 •  Stay at home & rest. Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone. Please do not risk exposing yourself or your children to the flu at a medical facility unless necessary.

 •  Drink plenty of fluids

 •  Take Tylenol, also known as acetaminophen (if you are not allergic or if your doctor has not advised against it.) Never give aspirin to children.

 •  Avoid close contact with others

 • Women with the flu who are breast feeding infants should consult their doctor and continue to breast feed and increase frequency of feedings. Consider using a pump and use precautions to avoid coughing or sneezing on your baby. Wash your hands often. Follow medical advice if you are severely ill.

Seek medical care immediately if you are seriously ill or are at high risk for complications.  
Antiviral drugs may be prescribed for relief of symptoms, preferably within the first 2 days. If you are at high risk for complications (pregnant, have a chronic medical condition, etc) call your doctor ASAP.

Seek immediate treatment for any of these symptoms:
 •  Difficulty breathing/ shortness of breath
 •  High fever not responding to medicine (over 102° - 103°)
 •  Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
 •  Severe headache
 •  Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
 •  Signs of dehydration: dizziness, decreased urination
 •  Confusion or less responsive than usual
 •  Earache or drainage from your ear
 •  Hoarseness, sore throat or a cough that won’t go away
 •  Wheezing or severe coughing
 •  The mucus you are producing changes; such as a change from clear to thick, yellow-green mucus.

In addition monitor children for:
• Trouble breathing/ fast breathing
• High fever (over 102°), infants over 100°
• Lack of tears when crying
• Not drinking enough fluids
• Not interacting
• Does not want to be held
• Fever with a rash
• Flu like symptoms that improve, but then return
• Not waking up (call 911)
• Bluish skin color (call 911)

 

Getting Medical Care

Contact your primary care physician 
Call (909) 793-3311 or your local facility number.

Call the Nurse Advice Helpline after-hours
If you have a question or concern after the office has closed, simply call (909) 793-3311 or any of the Beaver Medical Group main phone numbers. Registered Nurses staff the phones to assess your situation and to give you medical information and advice for receiving care. The Helpline is available every night from 5:00 pm until 8:00 am the next weekday, and 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays.

Visit an Urgent Care Center  
Walk-in to an Urgent Care Center :.

Redlands Urgent Care Center
245 Terracina Blvd., Suite 102
(909) 792-2605
Open every day of the year from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm

Highland Urgent Care Center
7000 Boulder Avenue
(909) 862-1191
Open every day of the year from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm

Beaumont Urgent Care Center
81 S. Highland Springs Avenue, Suite 101
(951) 845-0313
Open every day of the year from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm

Call for a same-day pediatric visit weekends or holidays
If your child becomes ill on the weekend or a holiday, just call 909-793-3311 in the morning. Same day appointments are available with pediatric medical staff until noon on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The triage nurse will instruct you to take your child to the main Redlands office or the Terracina Pediatric office.

With very serious symptoms, go to a local hospital emergency room