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FREE FLU SHOTS MADE AVAILABLE TO DEAL WITH INCREASE IN FLU CASES
IRMC Urges Residents To Take Precautions

1/3/2013

The number of flu cases has increased dramatically at the Indiana Regional Medical Center, and yesterday IRMC and Indiana County Emergency Management officials announced new measures to fight the virus.  IRMC will open three locations tomorrow offering free flu shots from10 AM to 2 PM.

 

IRMC Director of Safety Danny Sacco says people need to take the threat of flu seriously.  He says it is not a critical emergency, but it is serious and he used the word "epidemic" to describer the outbreak.  IRMC began to note an increase in flu cases during the holidays and it appears the number of patients presenting with flu symptoms has not peaked yet.  Around 75 had sought treatment at IRMC facilities as of yesterday. 

 

Sacco says the root of the outbreak may have actually begun last winter, when ther was so serious flu outbreak.  Many people did not get flu shots this year, and that has exacerbated the problem. 

 

Sacco talks about flu shot availability

IRMC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age get a flu shot.  The shots tomorrow are being offered free of charge from 10 AM to 2 PM at UrgiCare at IRMC’s main campus, at IRMC @ Chestnut Ridge outside of Blairsville, and at the Mahoning Medical Center in Marion Center.  Indigo says it will offer free rides to the Indiana location tomorrow.  You must take the Orange route and tell the driver you are going to IRMC to get a flu shot.

 

Sacco says people with flu symptoms should consult their Primary Care Physician or go to one of the UrgiCare facilities, either the main campus of IRMC or IRMC at Chestnut Ridge.  He says that unless someone is critically ill, an Urgicare visit will be sufficient rather than a visit to the Bork Emergency Center.

Special bulletin from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  

TIPS FOR AVOIDING OR MANAGING FLU:

 

* Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu.

* Take everyday precautions

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Practice good health habits. Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy food.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

 

* If you are exposed to or caring for someone with the flu, talk to your doctor about preventive antiviral medications.

To help reduce the impact on patients that require emergency care, individuals with flu symptoms are encouraged to contact their primary care physician before seeking emergency department treatment. If patients are unable to be seen by their primary care physician they are encouraged to first seek appropriate outpatient care.   

IRMC provides two locations for urgent care needs: 

 

  • Urgicare at IRMC, 875 Hospital Road, Indiana, PA
  • Urgicare @ IRMC at Chestnut Ridge, 25 Colony Blvd, Blairsville, PA

 

Hours:  Monday – Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 5pm

Additional information about the flu and the sites may be obtained by calling 724-357-8088. 

Additional information about the flu and the sites may be obtained by calling 724-357-8088. 

Indiana Regional Medical Center and the IRMC Facebook page


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