More People Getting Sick In Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/11/09

More People Getting Sick In Lubbock

If you've been to the doctor lately, you're not the only one. It's the time of year when people start getting sick, and Lubbock doctors say they've seen an increase in several viruses. In the past month Dr. Steve Buse has seen an increase in the number of people walking through the doors at Grace Clinic with Sinus infections, Mononucleosis, and respiratory viruses.

One of those respiratory infections Lubbock doctors have seen more of recently is Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV. In most adults RSV has symptoms similar to the common cold, but Buse urges people to get checked if they're not feeling well so they don't spread the virus. RSV is only a minor sickness to most adults, but it can be more serious in infants. "In some children it can cause significant respiratory distress requiring hospitalization," said Buse. 

Other area clinics say they've also seen an increase in Strep Throat "In the month of December we saw over 200 cases of Strep Throat and an increase in respiratory type infections like Bronchitis and those types of things," said Stacey Slavick of Health Center of Lubbock. 

Lubbock doctors say with more walk-in patients in the past month lines are getting longer and longer at waiting rooms.  To cut back the lines at clinics and the number of people getting sick they urge you to take a few precautions.

-Wash your hands often for 20 seconds using soap and water.

-Wash produce you get at the grocery store well before you eat it.

-Carry tissues to sneeze and cough into if you have a cold.

-Make sure children are up to date on all their immunizations.

-If your doctor tells you you don't need an antibiotic take their word for it.

"Overuse of antibiotics weakens your immune system and makes you more susceptible to flu and other infections so not everything needs an antibiotic," said Buse. He hopes if people follow these precautions he'll have fewer patients on his examination table.

The doctors NewsChannel 11 talked to said they haven't seen any cases of the Flu yet this season, but they expect to see an increase in Flu cases in the next few months.

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