MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Dr. Marty McDonald at Immediate Care of the South on Cottage Hill Road says since last week, they have averaged about 20 patients a day with lab-confirmed flu.
People like Trey Baldwin, who came into the clinic while we were there. The Davidson High School student said his head hurts, his throat hurts, nose and sinuses are stopped up and his chest hurts, all with fever.
A nurse swabbed his nose to test for the flu, just like every other patient that comes in with symptoms.
“We haven’t seen flu up until about a week ago and the rest of the state was covered up in flu, now we’re covered up in flu,” said Dr. McDonald.
News 5 called seven Urgent Care clinics in Mobile and Baldwin County. All confirmed they were slammed with flu patients. One told us there were 14 people waiting to be seen before the clinic even opened at 8 a.m.
At least two schools in the News 5 viewing area, Clarke Preparatory School in Grove Hill and Chickasaw Learning Center have closed because of illness.
Dr. McDonald says they are seeing mostly Influenza ‘A’ cases, and he says the symptoms vary, from mild to severe. “It’s hard to predict,” he says.
If you are diagnosed, expect a prescription for an anti-viral medicine such as Tamiflu and a recommendation for plenty of rest and liquids while the flu runs its course. Also, doctors say if you haven’t done it already, get the flu shot. While it’s not 100% effective, it could lessen symptoms if you do get the flu.