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Viral Illnesses and Holidays Don't Mix

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Whether it's mono, strep throat, or the flu, nobody likes to get sick at any time of the year, but it can be especially inconvenient to get "the bug" around the holidays.

Flu season is here, and staff at First Care Medical in Kearney are starting to see more patients with viral illnesses.

As people finish their shopping and get ready to visit loved ones, medical professionals say feeling well can make the difference between having a good or bad holiday.

"Certainly the holiday season is a time when people will get run down, they're very busy with shopping, busy with work, preparing for the season," said First Care Medical APRN Julie Keaschall. "And then if they get run down they're more in tune to get a virus or a viral illness."

And as more people get together, sickness can spread and become serious.

"We really are concerned about pneumonias with flu and our older patients and younger patients are much more susceptible to these pneumonias," said First Care Medical PA-C Paul Mueting. "[Those] Illnesses [are] much more dangerous and may require hospitalization."

Medical staff stress prevention like proper hand washing, covering your cough or getting the flu shot, or even missing a family get-together if you might be contagious.

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