Coastal Bend Clinics Still Dealing with Flu-Related Illness

Local doctors agree: Flu season has hit its peak in the Coastal Bend, but we are still not out of the woods just yet. They say if you haven't gotten a flu shot, it's not too late.

Staff at the Coastal Bend Family Medicine Clinic, at its new location next to Christus Spohn South, were busy treating flu-like symptoms on Friday. The waiting room was almost like a lions den, where our Kiii News crew was surrounded by plenty of fevers, coughs and sniffles.

"We jokingly say the patient has been run over by a truck," said Dr. David Foster of the Coastal Bend Family Medicine Clinic. "They are really beat, hunched over, very still and a high-grade fever."

Foster said he has been seeing dozens of patients each day, who are experiencing flu-like symptoms. A majority, he said, have not had their flu shots. He said if you think you have been exposed to the flu, you should call your doctor as soon as you can, that way they can get you the appropriate antibiotics before the flu fully kicks in.

Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell asked the doctor how he manages to keep from getting the flu; after all, he is surrounded by folks who have it.

"Good health, in general. Good sleep. Good nutrition. Good exercise," Foster said. "I take vitamins during flu season. I get my flu shot."

Doctors also stress to people to wash their hands often. Foster said, if you do come down with the flu, remember to get plenty of rest and stay home so you don't pass it on to others.

The fourth flu-related death in Nueces County was just confirmed on Thursday, so it is not something you want to wait to get treated for.


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