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Friday, December 9, 2022

CCMH Treating Influenza Type A Most This Season

Crawford County Memorial Hospital is seeing hundreds of Influenza Type A cases this season. 

Dr. John Ingram specializes in family medicine at CCMH and says it’s the most he’s seen in his career. 

“I’ve personally had at least 100 cases of Influenza Type A that we found. When somebody comes in with those symptoms we’re checking them and half the time it's corona and half the time it's influenza and the third is regular old colds,” Dr. Ingram said. 

He says numbers are up and immunity is down overall and that’s likely because it was more common to wear masks and stay away from other people over the past couple of years. He also says some signs of the cold or flu can be similar to coronavirus and treatment is based on the patient’s symptoms. 

“Bad headaches, aches all over your body, and fevers. Lots of fluids. Chicken noodle soup just like your grandma said. Medicines for the fever, cough medicines, and a million cough drops,” Dr. Ingram said. 

Dr. Ingram also says the supply chain disruption is leading to some challenges he’s never seen before.

“Lots and lots of antibiotics are on back order because of an epidemic affecting all the corners of the world. Those are all medicines that we’re just not having available right now, especially in the liquid form for our young people,” Dr. Ingram said. 

He says vaccines are updated every year and those are the best protection from getting sick during cold and flu season.

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