Convenient Care medical centers are ideal for sprains, strains, cuts, rashes, cold and flu, auto and work-related injuries, and school or sports physicals. Each site is equipped with X-ray capabilities for fractures and broken bones (not protruding through the skin).
Convenient Care is appropriate when:
"Convenient Care is ... a great alternative to using the emergency department for nonlife-threatening medical issues - especially during season," says Kris Fay, Chief Administrative Officer of Lee Physician Group. "It gives the community immediate access to quality, hospital-affiliated health care provided by our trusted Lee Physician Group physicians and skilled nurses."
Here are some quick answers to your questions regarding flu — answered by Mary Beth Saunders, D.O., Lee Health system medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention, and Steve Streed, Lee Health system director, epidemiology and infection control.
While the flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses, they are caused by two completely different viruses. The two also have common symptoms, but, in general, the flu is worse and the symptoms are more intense.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website has a lot of helpful information, including the differences between cold and flu symptoms. Here are the highlights:
The flu usually comes on suddenly and the symptoms tend to be much more intense with body aches and possibly fever.
Contact your family physician for further direction or visit one of Lee Health's four Convenient Care offices, or a walk-in or urgent care center.
Conditions that normally need emergency care: