Eisenhower Army Medical Center to open Flu Clinic for service members, families, retirees

The Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon will open a Flu Clinic for active duty service members, their families and retirees this week.

 

The clinic will begin receiving patients after 1 p.m. Wednesday and will remain open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, a news release from Fort Gordon states.

The most recent report from the Georgia Department of Public Health on Friday reports that 51 people have died statewide from the flu. One was in Columbia County and two were in Richmond County. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reports 84 deaths from the flu in South Carolina since October.

“The flu epidemic of 2018 has its grips firmly on the CSRA and Eisenhower’s patients,” Col. David Ristedt, commander at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, said in the news release. “Our Flu Clinic will reduce the exposure to the flu of those seeking care for non-flu symptoms while also increasing our effectiveness of caring for those with flu symptoms. We expect to reduce Emergency Department workload and improve care for those truly requiring emergency care.”

Patients seeking treatment for flu-like symptoms not requiring emergency care are asked to enter the hospital through the designated Family Medicine Clinic entrance, located on the east side of the hospital, the news release states.

Service members without transportation are advised to go to their assigned Troop Medical Clinic where a shuttle will bring them to the Flu Clinic and return, according to the news release.

Others can make an appointment by contacting the Flu Clinic at (706) 787-7300.

Tips for Avoiding the Flu

  • Clean your hands frequently.
  • Look for hand hygiene stations around the hospital and use them often; make sure to clean your hands when entering and leaving the hospital either by washing with soap or rubbing your hands together with hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough; you can easily spread the flu as a result of coughs, sneezes or simply talking.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; viruses spread this way.
  • Get the flu vaccine, if you haven’t done so; getting this simple shot can help increase your chances of staying healthy and avoid getting others sick.

 

For more information on flu prevention and treatment visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/fluactivitysurv.htm

 

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