How to tell if you're battling the flu

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Reported by: Ron Terrell
Updated: 2/21 11:19 am Published: 2/20 3:54 pm

TULSA, Okla. - When you aren't feeling well this time of year, how can you be sure if it's the flu?

FOX23 talked to Doug Taron, nurse manager at the St. John ER, about what they're seeing. He said one thing they aren't seeing much of is influenza B.

“Usually, when we see a decline in flu A, we tend to get a bump in flu B. But we haven't seen that yet so far this year," said Taron.

He did say they're seeing a lot of flu-like symptoms that aren't necessarily the flu.

“Lots of respiratory illnesses; even if it's not the flu, people are having difficulty breathing. We're keeping our respiratory therapist running, giving breathing treatments,” he said.

Taron said when considering whether something you're experiencing may warrant a trip to the ER, you have to take several factors into consideration.

“We have a lot of people that will call on the phone and ask, ‘At what point do I need to come to the emergency department?' And mainly it's when you feel like you can't take care of yourself safely at home anymore. You're vomiting to the point that you can't keep anything down. Or (have) an uncontrolled fever,” he said.

He also said if you are feeling bad, it could just be a matter of what time of year it is. “We always joke, going back and forth between snowing one day and 70 degrees the next, that's not helping us."

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Unwashed Mass - 2/20/2014 5:24 PM
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The story doesnt answer the question "How to tell if you're battling the flu" so thanks a lot.
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