ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Despite the rising flu activity nationwide, folks at Pheobe said they are seeing a typical number of flu cases.
Even so, they are still taking precautions, following the flu-related death in Dougherty County last week.
Dr. Michael Pruitt is an Emergency Physican at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
He sees one to two flu-like cases each shift, which he said is normal.
If you think you have symptoms, you should stay away from public places.
If someone enters the emergency room with flu-like symptoms, employees ask the patient to wear a mask right away.
"The idea behind the mask is to contain those aerosolized droplets," said Dr. Pruitt. "So if the patient were to cough, they are coughing into a mask, which absorbs that rather than allowing it to go into the air where another patient or individual may come in contact with that."
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, it's best to call your doctor.
He or she will send you to the emergency room if it's necessary.