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RCH Reports Flu Numbers Increasing Locally

The emergency department at Rochelle Community Hospital has been receiving many phone calls regarding influenza.

Flu symptoms can include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.  If you experience flu-like symptoms, remember to:  treat the fever, push fluids to keep hydrated and stay at home.

The flu is viral.  Please note that if a patient has shown flu symptoms for more than 48 hours, Tamiflu medication will not be prescribed.

Emergency warning signs in children:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

Emergency warning signs in adults include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting

If you have mild flu-like symptoms, please call your doctors office first.  If you have any of the warning signs mentioned above, by all means call your physician’s office, come to Urgent Care at RCH, FastCare at Walmart (for patients over 18 months of age), utilize the Emergency department or call 911 depending on the seriousness of the situation.


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Janet Stewart

RCH Marketing/Public Relations Coordinator