Knox County Health Dept. Offers Guidance This Flu Season –
With cold and flu season upon us, the Knox County Health Department (KCHD) is encouraging the public to follow some basic precautions to reduce the spread of disease and avoid unnecessarily overburdening hospital emergency departments.
Knox County Health Dept. Offers Guidance This Flu Season
“It’s the time of year when many hospitals report an increase in traffic in their emergency departments due to flu, respiratory illnesses and other conditions. Traditionally many of those seen in hospital emergency rooms could instead seek care at their regular health care provider or a walk-in clinic, which would free up hospitals for emergencies,” said KCHD Director Dr. Martha Buchanan. “With the upcoming hospital closure, it’s more important than ever that residents know when to go to a provider verse the emergency room.”
Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose…
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