Pharmacist, doctor share flu safety advice after recent uptick in cases

Pharmacist, doctor share flu safety advice after recent uptick in cases

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Pharmacist, doctor share flu safety advice after recent uptick in cases

Vimal Patel, pharmacy manager at Gaston Pharmacy in Gastonia, said he has recently noticed an uptick in patients coming to his place of work with prescriptions for Tamiflu.

“The last four days I have received several prescriptions for Tamiflu liquid as well as the capsules,” said Patel in an interview with WBTV Thursday night.

Patel has been the pharmacy manager at Gaston Pharmacy for more than two years now. He said he’s seen the sickness spreading in his community these last couple of weeks.

“Lots of family members are sick. (In) some of the schools, almost 50 percent of the class are empty because of the flu,” explained Patel. “I went to my son’s basketball game-one team doesn’t show up-only two people show up out of eight because of the flu.”

Administrators from Ashe County Schools decided to cancel Friday classes for their students because so many children have become sick. Dr. Jitendra Patel, a hospitalist in Mooresville, thinks the decision is a wise one.

“It’s better to cancel the class than affect the whole community,” the doctor explained.

He said the flu season can continue for several months so people concerned about potentially getting sick still have time to get vaccinated.

“It’s never late to get a flu shot because sometimes the flu season lasts up to May so as soon as you know that you need a flu shot go and get it,” said Dr. Patel.

Vimal Patel says the flu is not something for people to take lightly once flu season rolls around.

“Everyone should be afraid of (the) flu and they should take the flu vaccine every year,” said the pharmacist.

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