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Have flu symptoms? Try urgent care before ER, Pardee says

With recent reports of an increase in flu activity, Pardee UNC Health Care is experiencing a surge in patients, especially with visits to their Emergency Department.

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The hospital would like to remind the community to use one of their two Urgent Care centers, located in Fletcher and Hendersonville, if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms or have medical issues that are non-life threatening or non-emergency. The Fletcher Urgent Care center offers later hours, remaining open until 9 p.m. and both locations are fully staffed.
The Health Department reports widespread flu activity in the state with many patients seeking health care due to flu and flu-like illness. Across the state, 20 patients have lost their lives to this infection. Flu symptoms include headache, muscle aches, cough, fever, sore throat, and/or runny or stuffy nose. Getting a flu vaccine is the best prevention measure.
If you are experiencing symptoms, you can reduce your chances of spreading it to others by covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your arm (not your hands); washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water or using hand sanitizer after coughing or sneezing, and before and after touching your face, nose and mouth; and not sharing utensils or cups.
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In addition, the hospital would like to remind the community that visitor restrictions remain in place. As part of visitor restrictions, Pardee asks that:
· All children (12 and under) not visit patient rooms because children are more susceptible to infections and can be ill without obvious symptoms.
· All adults refrain from visiting loved ones in the hospital if they feel ill or have the following symptoms: headache, muscle aches, cough, fever, sore throat, and/or runny or stuffy nose.
· Anyone with such symptoms must wear a mask if they must visit the hospital or a physician’s office for the protection of health care workers and other members of the public.