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Flu Season is Here: Be Armed!

Since the Christmas holiday, area healthcare clinics and hospitals have seen a surge in patients being diagnosed with flu across the Davidson County area. On January 8, Wake Forest Baptist Health and other area hospitals put visitor restrictions in place at all hospital locations in an effort to provide an extra layer of protection for our patients and community members. Although the germs are rampant, it’s not too late to arm yourself with the best defense: the flu shot.

“A flu shot is the best way to defend yourself and children against seasonal influenza,” said Kandi Sams, NP, Family Medicine – North Davidson and Convenience Care Clinic – Lexington.  “These vaccines are still available and you can receive one at your primary care physician’s office and most urgent care facilities like our Convenience Care – Lexington location.”

While the vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu, Sams suggests the following flu prevention tips:
· Prevent the spread of germs by covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the tissue after use.
· Wash hands often with soap and water. Sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice for a good 20 second scrub.
·  Avoid close contact with sick people and try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
·  Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects (doorknobs, keyboards, phones, etc.).

Signs and symptoms of flu can include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. Some people may also experience vomiting and diarrhea. See your doctor if you experience these symptoms or would like more information on flu prevention, vaccinations and immunizations.

Kandi Sams is a Nurse Practitioner with Wake Forest Baptist Health.  She is accepting new patients at the Family Medicine – North Davidson location and also works in the Convenience Care – Lexington location that accepts walk-ins of all ages.  This location can provide the flu shot or care for flu symptoms at a primary care copay price point.  Call 336-243-8615 to reserve your spot at the clinic. Clinic hours are Monday – Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.