Swine Flu

The Centers for Disease Control and local health officials across the country have issued an urgent warning today about an H1N1 swine flu outbreak. With over a month left to go in the flu season, we are already seeing record numbers of illnesses and fatalities. This year’s flu isn’t just dangerous for the very young or old, rather it’s affecting people of all ages. More than 60% of people hospitalized are between the ages of 18 and 64, and 60% of fatalities occurred in people between the ages of 25 and 65. In the past, this percentage has been much lower, around 35% to 45%, thus indicated the severity of this year’s outbreak

 CDC director Tom Frieden released a statement saying, “Flu can be serious for anyone, and it can kill. Vaccination is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself.” At FastMed Urgent Care, we agree, and are ready with rapid testing and plenty of H1N1 vaccine so that you and your loved ones are prepared and safeguarded for this outbreak.

With 64 fatalities occurring before the outbreak began, this may be a record season for flu fatalities in North Carolina. Comparatively, in 2013, 59 people died during the entire season, and there were only nine fatalities in 2012. A Duke study reported that the average age of those hospitalized at Duke University Medical Center from Nov. 1st to January 8th was only 28.5, skewing much younger than usual. 40% of patients needed intensive care, compared to only 20% in 2009. If you are in North Carolina, come to your local FastMed Urgent Care and get vaccinated. We have locations around the state, including Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Fayetteville, and Winston-Salem. It could be a matter of life and death.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has also reported a spike in flu activity. According to the department, more than 90% of cases this year are the H1N1 strain. This year’s flu is widespread across the state of Arizona, including Mesa, Tucson, Phoenix, and Tempe. Protect yourself and your loved ones from this potentially deadly virus. At FastMed Urgent Care, we’ll get you vaccinated against flu strains including H1N1. Isn’t your health worth it?


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