Health Department Urges Restraint to Avoid Flu Frenzy


Hospitals and Doctors Offices Called on to Treat Mild Symptoms and Fear 

BINGHAMTON, NY - With the recent uptick in H1N1 flu cases in Broome County local hospital emergency rooms and physician’s offices are seeing a large increase in the demand for patient care. While it is important to seek medical care if you have an underlying medical condition that puts you at risk for complications from the flu, it is not necessary for people who are in general good health and experiencing mild flu symptoms to seek medical care. Visits to emergency rooms should be used only for those individuals who are in need of emergency care.
“Most people can weather the flu by staying at home in bed, drinking plenty of fluids, and using fever reducing medications,” says Dr. Christopher Ryan, Medical Director for the Broome County Health Department. “If someone is experiencing trouble breathing, chest pain, has severe or persistent vomiting, or is having a hard time keeping up with their fluids, then by all means they should seek medical care.” 
Parents who have children under the age of two who have influenza-like-illness are at greater risk for complications from the flu and should notify their medical provider.   
Additional emergency warning signs that indicate you should seek medical care:
In Children
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or interacting
  • Irritable (child does not want to be held)
  • Flu like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
In Adults
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness or confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough 
Please remember not all illness is the 2009 H1N1 flu. There are other mild illnesses that are circulating that do not require medical attention.
For more information concerning H1N1 flu visit the Broome County Health Department website at or call our information line 607.778.3331.


10/29/2009 - 1:20pm