B-roll: Flu season beginning to heat up -- what patients need to know
Banner Health doctors offers ways to tell if it is a cold or flu, different treatments for each
We have definitely seen an uptick in the last few weeks in the number of flu cases




PHOENIX (Jan. 10, 2019) – Last year’s flu season was particularly deadly, and this year’s season is now starting to pick up, say Banner Health Urgent Care physicians.

“We have definitely seen an uptick in the last few weeks in the number of flu cases,’’ said Devin Minior, MD, chief medical officer of Banner Urgent Care, which has locations throughout metro Phoenix.

Banner Urgent Cares are also treating patients who are suffering from upper respiratory viral infections, accompanied by cough, congestion, sinus and throat pain.

B-roll/sound on tape: Minior talks about 2019 flu season, the differences between cold and flu, different treatments

Minior offers this guide on how to tell if it is cold or the flu: “Flu is going to be an abrupt onset with high fever, achiness, feeling run down, associated chest pain with cough,’’ he said. Sore throats and sinus pain are less common with flu illnesses.

If it is flu and the patient comes in for treatment during the first days of the illness, the patient can be treated with an antiviral such as Tamiflu, Minior said.  

“It is generally effective in reducing the duration of symptoms. For younger or older patients or patients with underlying cardiac respiratory illnesses, there may be a benefit from antiviral therapy.’’

Tamiflu and other antiviral medications are available at Banner Urgent Care as is the flu vaccination.

Even if you think you have a cold, it may be a good idea to get it checked out, Minior said.

Most patients are in and out of  a Banner Urgent Care within an hour. No appointment is necessary, but you can reserve a spot online ahead of time to make your wait time even shorter.


About Banner Urgent Care

Banner Urgent Care provides a close, convenient and affordable treatment option for patients with non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries such as cold and flu; ear, eye and throat infections; fevers; skin rashes; and sprains, strains and lacerations. Banner Urgent Care is open every day of the year and accepts most insurance plans. For more information, locations and hours of operation, please visit www.BannerHealth.com/urgentcare.

Dr. Minior is available for interviews -- please contact media@bannerhealth.com for more info