Following up on an earlier post about getting flu shots…
NextCare Urgent Care analyzed patient data and found that the company saw more visits for the treatment of influenza than for flu vaccinations.
For the 2010-11 flu season (September through March), NextCare treated 3,136 patients for the flu at all 57 clinics across the nation, while also administering 2,926 flu vaccinations during that same time period. About half of the visits for flu treatment (1,588) and about a third of flu vaccinations (1,031) were in Arizona.
According to flu.gov, between five and 20 percent of the U.S. population get the flu each year, more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized for the flu and between 3,300 and 48,600 people die each year from flu complications.
A Maricopa County child died from flu complications, according to recent news reports. “The flu can be fatal, especially in ‘at-risk’ populations like children and the elderly,” says Howard Podolsky, M.D., chief medical officer of NextCare. “I can’t stress enough how imperative it is for people of all ages to get vaccinated for influenza. This year’s vaccine is altered and tailored for the anticipated strains for 2011-12.”
All NextCare clinics have the flu vaccination available beginning today.