Just one preventative health measure can help you avoid a host of illnesses.  That's just one thing local doctors are talking about when looking at "What's Going Around" the area where you live.

  • The need for flu shots is top of mind for Dr. Tate de Leon in Rancho Mirage.   "Winter season is upon us and flu season is here," he says. "We need to get people, especially the elderly, their flu shots to help prevent much more serious illnesses."
  • In La Quinta the folks at Desert Oasis Healthcare Pediatrics are reporting a few cases of pink eye.  The good news, the hand, foot and mouth disease that was going around seems to have died down.  But Nurse Practitioner Gabrielle Schwilk and Dr. Daniel Fraschetti are also treating children for fever without any real obvious causes.  One thing that can help prevent all three of these issues?  Handwashing.
  • Dr. Frank Curry is treating upper respiratory tract infections among all age groups in Coachella.  Adults and kids are coming in with a cough, runny nose and earaches.  Some of the causes are viral, others are bacterial.  "In Palm Desert, we have people flying in to enjoy our weather from all over North America, but they come with the same complaints, upper respiratory tract infections," Curry says.
  • For one reason or another adults are coming in to the Mecca Clinic with abdominal pain due to diverticulitis.  Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.  "Patients with known diverticulosis should eat a high fiber diet, avoid seeds, corn and nuts," explains Dr. Randolph Gibbs.  Gibbs is also treating cases of gastroesophageal reflux because of overeating.  Keeping your head elevated in bed, and avoiding chocolate, peppermint, alcohol, onions and garlic can help you avoid symptoms.

Watch "What's Going Around" Tuesday evenings at 5:30 and Wednesday mornings at 6:45 on CBS Local 2 News.