PHOENIX, Oct. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Last year, influenza hospitalizations were nearly double those of the 2015-2016 season. Annually, the virus results in a minimum of 9.2 million illnesses, 140,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths. Still, fewer than 50 percent of all Americans are vaccinated against the flu1.
"The flu, while cureless, can be avoided through basic preventative measures," says Stacey R. Gouzenne, M.D., national chief medical officer for FastMed Urgent Care and Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. "Annual vaccination before November is your best protection against the flu."
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Share and post the infographic in your home, office, gym, school, etc. To learn more about flu prevention, including vaccination options, timing and costs, visit FastMed's latest blog post "Be Flu-Less, Not Clueless."
As an urgent care provider, FastMed offers a broad range of treatments and services?from some primary care services to acute illnesses, including colds & flu, injuries including those needing x-rays, to vaccinations, immunizations, physicals and lab work?that support patients' health and wellness needs. Family medicine services are available at select FastMed Urgent Care locations.
FastMed Urgent Care is an owner and operator of urgent care facilities with more than 100 locations across Arizona, North Carolina and Texas. FastMed focuses on the delivery of walk-in medicine for non-emergent healthcare needs 365 days per year. FastMed's services address a wide spectrum of urgent care and family medicine needs. In addition to providing immediate walk-in attention for an injury or illness, FastMed provides routine services including flu shots, occupational medicine, and school or sports physicals. FastMed clinics hold the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation in healthcare quality and safety in ambulatory healthcare. FastMed is managed by an affiliated entity of one of the investment funds of ABRY Partners. Visit www.FastMed.com.
1 https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/burden.htm. May 16, 2017.
SOURCE FastMed Urgent Care
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