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REID EMERGENCY ROOM, URGENT CARE FACILITIES FILL WITH ILL PATIENTS

(Richmond, IN)--Overnight Monday night and into Tuesday morning, the Reid Hospital emergency room was once again nearly full with people suffering from some nasty bugs.  But physician Thomas Huth said it’s not the flu.  "A lot of that is not actually influenza," Huth said.  "It happens that there are a lot of other viruses that are not influenza that people are seeing - both gastrointestinal and upper respiratory viruses."  And, because it’s not the flu, the flu vaccine won’t help.  "The gastrointestinal illness that's going around now is other viruses that are causing that.  The vaccine won't prevent that," Huth said.  Still, local health officials recommend getting a flu shot if one has not been obtained.  A trip to the ER won’t do much good in most cases for a gastrointestinal virus.  Huth said this will.  "Fluids, particulary just plain water, certain types of juices, maybe sodas, and lots of rest, Tylenol."  Urgent care centers in Richmond have also been full in the last two weeks.

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