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H1-N1 hotline to help ease crowds

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - District health officials are working on a way to keep Swine Flu from overwhelming the health care system. They are meeting with staff from Palmyra Medical Center and Phoebe Putney to come up with a hotline number people can call to ask questions about the swine flu.

That way, they don't have to go into an already crowded doctor's office, or emergency room for treatment. 

Brenda Greene, from District Health said, "If I do have signs and symptoms of the flu, when do I need to go to my healthcare provider? Those are the kinds of things that we hope that we can answer for the public and then hopefully prevent physicians offices and emergency rooms from being overwhelmed from people who might be able to manage their healthcare at home."

Most people with the flu do not require any medical treatment, just lots of rest, TLC and clear liquids. If symptoms progress with difficulty breathing, vomiting, or if you get better and the symptoms come back worse, then you should seek medical attention.

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