In an effort to help fight flu, the WRMC Family Practice Clinic in Batesville has announced the seasonal opening of their flu clinic. The clinic will be open from October through March.
During this time, Dana Childress, APRN, provider at the WRMC Family Practice Clinic, accepts walk-ins for those with flu symptoms.
“If a patient feels like they may have the flu, an appointment is not required,” said Childress. “If they test positive for flu, we want to start them on medication as soon as possible. The earlier we can start medication, the more effective it will be.”
Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, extreme fatigue, body aches, and in some cases nausea or vomiting. Patients experiencing any of these symptoms should see a provider.
According to the Arkansas Department of Health, over 65 cases of influenza have been reported since September 29. This only represents a portion of the actual flu cases in the state. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting the flu vaccine yearly. Older patients are encouraged to receive a shot early on in the flu season as well as halfway through.
While the WRMC Family Medicine Clinic is hosting a flu clinic throughout the season, and the clinic continues to be available for other family medicine needs. The WRMC Family Practice Clinic is located at 2000 Harrison St., Suite D. The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
To make an appointment, call (870) 793-4724.