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Flu is Here and It's a Bad One

Thursday, January 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that widespread flu activity has increased from 36 to 46 states this week. The Summary of Weekly FluView Report shows these indicators are similar to what was seen at the peak of the 2014-15 season, which was the most severe season in recent years. CDC is reminding clinicians and the public about the importance of antiviral medications for treatment of influenza. This particular strain, A (H3N2) has been associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in persons aged 65 years and older and young children. It's a more aggressive strain and harder to control. CDC cautions that it could reach epidemic levels. 

Sean McNeeley, MD, president-elect of UCAOA says across the country urgent care centers are seeing large increases in their daily number of patients seen due to influenza and flu-related infection. He adds that urgent care is a good place to be seen with costs and visit duration usually much less than emergency departments. 

Use the following resources available this flu season to help in communicating with urgent care center patients and communities:

  • athenahealth has an up-to-date Flu Dashboard to track flu in its network.
  • Share this ABC News consumer story on social media outlets informing patient consumers about why this year's flu season is so bad. 
  • UCAOA's new Pediatric section has resources for pediatric-specific treatment. 
  • Read this blog post from athenahealth about the importance of not selling the flu vaccine short, even now. 
  • Visit the Journal of Urgent Care Medicine (JUCM) web page for updated clinical and other news.
  • Share this CBS News story with a flu warning for consumers regarding the impact on babies and children this year. 
  • Read the monthly College of Urgent Care Medicine (CUCM) Urgent Caring Newsletter with clinical updates. The next issue comes out January 17 via email to CUCM members, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Consider joining CUCM for this added source of clinical information and networking.
  • Follow UCAOA's social media channels, including FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram for timely articles, marketing ideas, and shareable resources. 
  • Monitor the Latest News section on the UCAOA website for full articles and additional information.
  • Visit the Industry News section on the UCAOA website for infographics, stats, benchmarking results, and information on promoting on-demand healthcare options. 
  • Join UCAOA as a clinician and take advantage of other important resources. 

If you have flu update information to share for a future issue of UCAccess, UCAOA's eNewsletter, email the editor

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