KNOXVILLE – Influenza is a very serious disease that can lead to the worst of outcomes. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. The flu season has barely started (flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May) and already many people have tested positive for the flu.
To help accommodate the high volumes of patients seen in the Clinic, Knoxville Hospital & Clinics has assembled a familiar team of part time providers to enhance our regular team. These physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners routinely fill in to assist in the delivery of care when demand is very high. That team is in place which allows more time for your regular provider to see you for routine appointments and physicals as well as helping you and your family through this nasty flu season.
“We are pleased to report that our wait times in the Clinic have drastically improved and we thank our patients for their understanding and patience during this unusually busy season,” said Kevin Kincaid, CEO.
Knoxville Hospital & Clinics officials strongly recommend that people who haven’t been vaccinated yet, still get vaccinated. Getting the flu vaccine every year is the best way to protect yourself against the flu. Though the vaccine experienced less effectiveness this year, the flu vaccine can still reduce the severity of flu symptoms. Based upon the CDC’s national estimates, an average of 300,000 Iowans get the flu every year and together, flu and its complication of pneumonia cause an average of 1,000 deaths yearly in Iowa.
Clinical staff at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics also stress the importance of people continuing to get the flu vaccine next year. New flu vaccines are released every year to keep up with rapidly adapting flu viruses. After receiving the flu vaccine, your immune system produces antibodies that will help to protect you from the viruses. In general, though, antibody levels start to decline over time — another reason to get a flu vaccine every year.
To care for you and your family, the Knoxville Hospital Clinic is open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion. For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418 or visit www.knoxvillehospital.org.