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.