Bellin designates one location to treat flu-like illness
GREEN BAY — Bellin Health has designated one of its family medical centers specifically for treatment of flu symptoms – a move to better manage the growing number of patients with influenza-like illness and slow the spread of the illness.
Staring today, patients exhibiting flu-like symptoms will be directed to a designated flu clinic established on the first floor of Bellin’s 725 S. Webster Ave. clinic.
Non-flu patients normally treated by their primary care physicians at the Webster clinic building will continue to be seen at the normal location on the building’s second floor. The clinic will see patients from noon-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We have a lot well patients coming through our doors – new mothers and babies, children needing vaccinations, individuals getting physicals or regular treatments, and others – so we have measures in place to protect them and help prevent the spread of influenza in the community,” said Lois Van Abel, team leader, Bellin Medical Group.
The health system has been preparing for this scenario, updating its emergency pandemic plan over the past several months. The plan calls for designated treatment locations to be established when patient volumes in the emergency department and clinics begin reaching near-capacity numbers and calls to Bellin’s telephone service line, TeleHealth, spike – clear signals that influenza is spreading rapidly in the community and more advanced precautions are needed.
Following the direction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many patients with influenza-like illness are not being directed to see a physician.
“The majority of people who are ill will get better in about two days and may not need medical treatment,” said Dr. Brad Wozney, a Bellin family practitioner. “However, if your illness is more severe or you are in high-risk category, contact your provider.”
Individuals who should seek medical attention for influenza-like illness are:
- Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
- People 65 and older
- Pregnant women
- People who have: Cancer; blood disorders (including sickle cell disease); chronic lung disease; diabetes; heart disease; kidney or liver disorders; neurological disorders; neuromuscular disorders; weakened immune systems
- People who have been sick, seem to be getting better after a few days, and then have a relapse with return of fever and other symptoms
To further guide the public through the upcoming flu season, Bellin Health has established a website dedicated to H1N1 and seasonal flu information, www.bellinflufacts.org. The site outlines risk factors, vaccination options, treatment information and other useful subjects related to flu.