Stomach bug circulating in Susquehanna Valley


>>HEY, YOU. KATELYN: IT STARTED A FEW WEEKS
AGO. ONE OR TWO PATIENTS A DAY COMING
IN TO WELLSPAN FAMILY MEDICINE
IN EPHRATA, COMPLAINING OF
STOMACH PAINS NOW IT’S UP TO
FOUR OR FIVE A DAY.>>TYPICALLY THE KIDS GET IT
FIRST AND THEN TRANSFER IT TO
THE ADULTS. KATELYN: THANKFULLY
ONE-YEAR-OLD AUSTIN MARTIN
DOESN’T HAVE IT. BUT FOR THOSE WHO DO DR. JOSEPH
IRWIN RECOMMENDS INCREASING THE
AMOUNT OF SALT IN YOUR DIET,
TAKING AN ANTACID FOR THE PAIN
AND NOT TAKING ANYTHING ELSE.>>WE GENERALLY TREAT THE NAUSEA
AND THE VOMITING AND THE
DIHERREA YOU JUST WANT TO KEEP
WITH THE FLUID LOSSES. KATELYN
THE FLU SHOT WILL NOT PROTEC
YOU FROM THIS STOMACH BUG, BUT DR. IRWIN SAYS HE’S NOTICED IT
DOESN’T SEEM TO BE PROTECTING
PEOPLE FROM THE REAL FLU EITHER
HE’S HAD SEVERAL PATIENTS WHO
HAVE COME IN WITH THE FLU WHO
HAVE HAD THEIR SHOT.>>THE VIRUS IS ALWAYS CHANGING,
IT’S LIKE A GAME OF WHACK A
MOLE. KATELYN: HE EXPECTS THE SHOT
WILL WORK ABOUT 30% OF THE TIME
AND THAT MEANS YOU SHOULD STILL
GET IT. THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF
FROM THE STOMACH BUG. YOU PROBABLY KNOW, WASH YOUR
HA

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