Flu patients advised to stay home

4:53 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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By Ashley Yarchin

FLORISSANT, Mo. (KSDK) - It's already been a rough flu season, even for people in the health care business, so some doctors are taking extra precautions in their offices as well.

At Esse Health in Florissant, Dr. John Rice explained that a lot of times when a patient calls within the first 48 hours of seeing symptoms such as headache, low-grade fever, muscle aching and overall malaise, it's usually the flu. And rather than have them come in to the office for a check-up, those patients will be prescribed something like Tamiflu.

"Well, for one thing, they're often contagious and a lot of our patients are elderly and we prefer not to expose them to someone who might have active flu," Dr. Rice said of keeping the patient out of the office.

He added that you are still urged to get a flu shot if you haven't already.



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