Roanoke urgent care center extends hours due to high flu activity

(MGN Online)

ROANOKE, Va. (WSET) -- Flu season keeps packing a punch.

Carilion is now extending its hours at the Velocity Urgent Care because so many people are coming in with the symptoms.

Emergency room doctors said there's a lot of flu activity in Roanoke and while there's no way to completely prevent it, using some soap and washing your hands is actually one of the best things you can do to keep yourself from getting sick.

Symptoms of the flu include fever, body aches, and chills.

For most, you can use over-the-counter medicine to relieve the symptoms.

But, doctors said there are times when that isn't enough.

"People that really should be coming to the emergency department are those with extremely high fevers that aren't managed with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, those medicines you can get over-the-counter," said Dr. Tyler Darnell. "Additionally, patients who aren't able to eat or drink anything for an extended period of time."

Doctors also say if you're in a high risk category, like the very old or the very young, or already have a preexisting breathing condition, they recommend you go to a doctor.

Going to your primary care doctor is your best bet, but if you can't get in soon enough, Urgent Care is another good option.

Due to the high number of people coming in, Carilion's Velocity Care on Electric Road is staying open until 10 p.m. through Sunday.

If you have any questions or think you might be getting sick, it's always a good idea to call your primary care physician.

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