Many Visit Urgent-Care Centers Amid Raging Flu Season In SoCal

Many Visit Urgent-Care Centers Amid Raging Flu Season In SoCal


SAFETY. A LOT TO DO INDEED. LOCAL LEADERS ARE CALLING FOR REGULAR INSPECTIONS OF THAT AREA TO MAKE SURE IT IS SAFE BEFORE ALL THOSE PEOPLE MOVE BACK. ELSA: FLU SEASON IS RAGING ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND TONIGHT WE HAVE LEARNED THAT THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF A POPULAR ANTIBIOTIC USE TO FIGHT IT. STACY BUTLER JOINS US LIVE WITH MORE ON THIS VERY NASTY COLD AND FLU SEASON. Reporter: ELSA, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU WERE FIGHTING THAT A LITTLE BIT. I CAN TELL YOU YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE. URGENT CARE CLINICS LIKE THIS ONE BEHIND ME IN COSTA MESA, THEY ARE SWAMPED. MORE AND MORE PATIENTS WITH FLULIKE SYMPTOMS ARE DRAGGING THEMSELVES INTO GET HELP. I FEEL TERRIBLE. Reporter: THE FLU IS BACK AND GETTING WORSE BY THE WEEK. I’M ACHY AND I CAN’T EVEN SLEEP. THE PAIN IS THAT BAD. THE OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICINES ARE NOT WORKING FOR ME. I’VE TRIED EVERYTHING THAT I USE TO TRY. DID YOU HAVE TO CALL IN SICK? I DID, YESTERDAY AND TODAY. Reporter: HE AND HIS MOM CAN’T TAKE ANOTHER DAY OFF SO TONIGHT THEY WALKED OUT OF THE URGENT CARE AND DROVE STRAIGHT TO PICK UP TAMIFLU. THEY WERE THE ONLY ONES. A PHARMACIST THERE SAID THERE IS NOW A NATION WIDE SHORTAGE OF IT. IN THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS, A HUGE UPSWING. WE HAVE SEEN AT LEAST 15 CASES ALREADY. THAT IS CONFIRMED CASES OF THE FLU. THEY SAY THERE ARE A LOT MORE PATIENTS WHO OPT NOT TO GET THE DIAGNOSTIC TEST FOR THE FLU BUT ARE SUFFERING FROM THE SAME SYMPTOMS THEY HAVE A LOT OF BODYACHES AND G.I. UPSET, FEVER AND CHILLS. SO FAR THE THE ONLY PATIENTS HE HAS SEEN DID NOT GET THEIR FLU SHOTS. EVEN THOUGH THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR A FLU SHOT, DR. LEE SAYS IT TAKES TWO WEEKS TO WORK AND YOU MAY END UP GETTING INFECTED STANDING IN LINE WAITING FOR THE FLU SHOT. THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF IF YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN THE FLU SHOT, WASH YOUR HANDS AND STEER CLEAR OF THOSE WHO ARE SYMPTOMATIC. ONCE ONE PERSON GETS THE FLU, YOU CAN PRETTY MUCH BET THE REST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE WORKFORCE WILL GET IT. THAT’S A A LOT OF LOST TIME ON PRODUCTIVITY. WE WERE TOLD TONIGHT THAT THERE ARE JUST TWO MORE DOSES OF

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