“If the fever stays up and doesn't respond to Tylenol or Motrin, or gets higher and [the patient experiences] worsening symptoms – cough and dehydration – they certainly want to have those evaluated by a physician,” he said.
Jones suggests ways to avoid getting the flu and other illnesses are to:
• Stay out of large environments during the winter months.
• Practice good hand-washing and good personal hygiene.
• If you are sick, you want to cover your cough.
“Flu is sensitive to temperatures,” Jones said. “Cooler and damp weather puts you at risk.”
The message is “don't wait,” he said, and, if sick, “Attempt to get in with your primary physician. iIf that's not available, we're here to see you and happy to do so.”