Urgent Care Centers Packed With Flu Patients Locally, Nationwide

11:21 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- With the flu bug spreading locally and across the nation, urgent care centers just like hospital emergency rooms are backing up. 

In Washington, D.C. the DC Immediate & Primary Care Center in the Cleveland Park neighborhood is experiencing a spike in patients, double what the staff is used to. 

Jordan Hitchens, a medical assistant at the clinic, says usually they see about four to five patients in an hour. Lately she said , "We've been seeing  six or seven patients an hour."

Dr. Roscoe Adams of the same clinic tells 9News that Influenza type A and type B are spreading like wildfire, and almost all the patients causing the spike at his clinic are displaying flu-like symptoms. 

Dr. Adams said, "There are about 41 states that are reporting these two strains."

So don't expect empty waiting rooms at urgent care centers, your doctors office or even hospital ER's, he said. 

The best advice is to call ahead and find a clinic whose wait times are shorter than the others. 

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