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United Regional Flu Advice

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Winter typically brings an increase in seasonal health conditions, including upper respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, bronchitis, as well as the flu.

Texomans are urged to contact their primary care providers in the event of routine illnesses or initial flu or respiratory symptoms. If an individual does not have a primary care physician or becomes ill after the doctor's normal hours of operation, other options are available for illnesses which do not require the urgency or level of care of emergency rooms.

These local options include the Clinics of North Texas Clinic Care, the Community Healthcare Center (CHC) and the CHC-Juarez Medical Center, Kell West Family Practice Urgent Care Center, United Regional Physician Group CarePlus and Wichita Falls Family Health Center.

Here are some tips to help you stay healthy and help others stay healthy:
  • If you haven't been vaccinated for the flu, then you need to do that. The Wichita Falls-Wichita County Public Health District has vaccines available. 
  • Wash your hands frequently and, if you have any flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches), stay home so as not to infect others. 
  • If you have symptoms of the flu or any upper respiratory illness, please call your primary care provider or go to one of the outpatient/urgent care walk-in clinics listed above. Going to an emergency room will only cause delay in receiving care due to patient volume. 

Symptoms that require treatment in an emergency room or that lead to immediate care:
  • In adults, difficulty breathing, dizziness, confusion, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, severe or persistent vomiting, or flu symptoms that improve, then return with a high fever and worse cough. 
  • For children, the same symptoms apply, as well as not wanting to be held, not drinking fluids, or unresponsiveness.