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April 17, 2014

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Flu got ya down, Bunky?

Flu season is not over, and because everyone seems to be getting sick, the Southern Nevada Health District wants people to know the best place to go for care. Emergency rooms are often the most overcrowded and pricey option compared to urgent care centers, so here are some of their tips for making the best decision.

Non life-threatening symptoms can often be treated faster at an urgent care or with a primary care doctor. They include a moderate fever; colds, cough or flu; bruises and abrasions; and respiratory or urinary tract infections. Symptoms that might generate an emergency include uncontrollable bleeding; head injury and broken bones; poisoning or suspected overdose; shortness of breath or sudden slurred speech, visual changes or weakness.

Elderly people or anyone with medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease should speak with their doctors for advice about care for their symptoms, the health officials say.

Flu shots are available Monday through Friday at the Health District’s public health centers throughout the Valley.

All the details and other tips can be found here.

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