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Flu Season

What is influenza (also called flu)?

Influenza is a highly contagious virus that can infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. The viral infection can cause mild to severe illness.

Flu Symptoms

Below are some of the signs and symptoms people who have the flu may experience.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Chills
  • Muscle or Body Aches
  • Fatigue
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea*

*More common in young children than adults.

How Flu Spreads

Influenza virus is spread person to person, mainly through air droplets made when a person with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks. A person standing nearby (even up to 6 feet away) may inhale the droplets or have the droplets land on their mouth or nose and become infected. It is less common to contract influenza by touching a surface that has the flu virus on it but still possible. Since the virus is highly contagious, a person may be able to pass the flu on before even knowing they are sick.

High Risk Individuals

  • Children under 5 years of age
  • Adults over 65 years of age
  • Pregnant Women
  • Individuals with chronic medical conditions such as Asthma, Blood Disorders, and Heart Disease

Prevention

It is recommended that all individuals over 6 months of age receive an annual, age-appropriate flu vaccine. Individuals can also do the following as precaution:

  • Wash Hands Frequently
  • Cover Coughing or Sneezing
  • Seek Medical Care as Soon as Symptoms Begin

During flu season, Roosevelt General Hospital is committed to keeping our patients and our community healthy by taking the following precautions.

For more information on the flu and on how to keep and your family healthy, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/.

Physician Spotlight

Eva Toelle CNP

Primary Specialties
  • Behavioral Health

Employment Methodist Renaissance Health Clinic, Omaha, Nebraska, Family Nurse Practitioner 1998 - 2013 P rovided health care for under insured, under served, and culturally diverse clients Participated in episodic, acute, and chronic care, family planning, adult and adolescent health. Assisted in coordination of clinic operations, managing budget, and coordinating with other departments at Methodist Hospital for services, equipment and supplies. Preceptor ...

Muhammad Shabbir M.D.

Primary Specialties
  • Family Medicine (Board Certified)

Residency: Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, Ml, July 2010- July 2013 Bachelor of Medicine,Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS): Baqai Medical & Dental College, Pakistan, Jan 2002 - Feb 2007 Pre-Medical Science/Advanced level: Cambridge Seminars, 4 Hawthorn Way Cambridge CB4 1AX England U.K., Sep 2000- June 2001

Erika Garcia MD

Primary Specialties
  • Family Medicine (Board Certified)

Medical Background: Residency ~ Family and Community Medicine University of NM School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM Medical Doctor ~ University of NM School of Medicine Albuquerque,NM Major Research Areas: University of NM School of Medicine Dale Alverson, MD Research in Ecuador on "Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors Related to Health among the Indigenous Peoples in Ecuador and the Potential Application of Telehealth on the possible ...

Javier Sosa MD

Primary Specialties
  • Family Medicine (Board Certified)

Medical Background: Residency ~ Family and Community Medicine with emphasis in OB/GYN University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX Medical Career/Experience: 2 years experience with RGH Clinic Professional Memberships: American Board of Family Medicine Awards and Honors: Dean's List Publications: Salas, N. Sosa, J, Salas, I., Boon J., et al. Assessment of anastomotic leakage: A Novel System for Training of Surgeons to Perform a Tublar ...

Jamie L. Bassell CNP

Jamie has six years' experience in diagnosing, evaluating and treating acute and chronic medical conditions through physical exam and complete history taking. Before joining the RGH team, Jamie worked at Lutheran Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio for five years and Huron Hospital for one.

Vineela Lavu M.D.

Primary Specialties
  • Family Medicine (Board Certified)

Residency in Family & Community Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B, B.S) Guntur Medical College, N.T.R University of Health Sciences, India.

Krishna Lingala MD

Primary Specialties
  • Interventional Pain Management (Board Certified)

Medical Background: Fellowship ~ Interventional Pain Management Alabama Orthopedic, Spine and Sports Medicine Associates, Birmingham, AL Residency ~ Dr. Lyn Wiess, MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY Medical Career/Experience: 7 years experience Research Experience: Research Fellow Dr. T. Chao, MD Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 1. The Role of Infra Red ...

Neelu Finley PA-C

Primary Specialties
  • Family Medicine

Medical Background: Physician Assistant Internships Lonnie Alexander, MD, Portales, NM Southwest Missouri State University ~ M.S. P.A. S, Springfield.MO Medical Career/Experience: 8 years experience Professional Memberships: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants

Connie Lindsey PA-C

David Estabillo MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP); experienced in providing quality and patient centered care within a health care facility in outpatient Internal Medicine, hospital settings, and house call environment. Possess high integrity matched with an in-depth understanding of and commitment to advancing the healthcare profession as well as professional and skill advancement. Proficient in integrating knowledge and skills to positively influence ...

Dotun Akinmurele MD

Primary Specialties
  • Family Medicine (Board Certified)

Medical Background: Residency ~ Family Medicine Underwood Memorial Hospital affiliate of Jefferson University, NJ Professional Memberships: American Board of Family Medicine Research Experience: Tobacco Cessation Family Practice Improvement Project. Ongoing research till date Chart Review for AAFP GO! Diabetes METRIC.2010 Preventing Mother to Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS. 2003 Publications: Knowledge, Attitude and Perception of HIV/AIDS Amongst Igbo-Ora ...

Sylvia Rife CFNP

Primary Specialties
  • Family Medicine

Medical Background/Experience: Big Horn Urgent Care White Earth Indian Health Center Gillette Urgent Care Family First Health Center, Inc. Medical Career/Experience: 7 years experience Professional Memberships: American Academy of Nurse Practioners

Praveen Chava M.D.

Primary Specialties
  • Family Medicine (Board Certified)

Dr. Chava has served as a Chief Resident during residency in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston 2009- 2010. Awarded Family Medicine Excellence recognition for the fourth quarter of 2009 during residency.

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