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the country is experiencing intense flu activity – Learn How to Prevent or Treat the Flu

January 15, 2018


Contact: Beth Jansa, PR Manager



This season, the country is experiencing intense flu activity. According to the CDC,  flu cases sharply increased in the U.S. during the last week of 2017. According to DeKalb Medical's records, the number of reported flu cases the first week in January was greater than the number reported for the whole month of December. Infectious disease physician Robin Dretler’s office is conducting numerous studies on the treatment for inpatient influenza, staph and HIV. 

Dr. Dretler has these tips for preventing and treating the flu... 

·         It is not too late to get a flu shot. Although the vaccine this year is only partly effective, it is the best protection we have. Since it is not a live vaccine, IT CANNOT GIVE ANYONE THE FLU and is very safe. 

·         Even if you have no fear of the flu yourself (a belief that will end as soon as you catch the flu once), you risk exposing others, if you are ill. 

·         Wash hands frequently with alcohol-based hand sanitizes. 

·         Avoid those who are coughing and, if you are coughing, cover your mouth when you cough. 

·         Discard used tissues properly. 

The main symptoms of flu are marked body aches, fever equal to or more than 101 and dry severe cough.  Occasionally diarrhea and vomiting can be a component, but less than the main three. Colds usually do not give body aches or high fever. 

If you do develop the flu, it is important to start on treatment as soon as possible. Treatment started after 72 hours  of symptoms will generally not shorten or improve the course of the illness, but will make you more comfortable during your illness. Treatment is available at a primary care office or urgent care facility.


About DeKalb Medical 

DeKalb Medical is a not-for-profit health system consisting of three hospital campuses (DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, DeKalb Medical Long-term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur, and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale), as well as 50 DeKalb Medical Physician Group offices and 158 multi-specialty providers in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. It’s medical staff includes more than 800 doctors in 55 specialties. In 2017, Atlanta Magazine named 94 DeKalb Medical physicians as “Top Doctors.”     

Founded in 1961, DeKalb Medical is an integral member of the community, offering a variety of premier services, including joint replacement, surgical weight loss, mammography, cancer treatment, heartburn solutions, Georgia’s only certified medical fitness center and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international “Baby-Friendly” hospital designation. DeKalb Medical is also a certified Primary Stroke Center. To learn more about DeKalb Medical, please visit our website: www.dekalbmedical.org.