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Allegiance Hospital Ready To Deal With The Flu

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"Express care last year was about 20 percent this year it's about 56," said Dr. Wayne Macgregor.

"The flu is a fairly serious illness," Dr. Macgregor said.

"There are medications that we can try that will not necessarily cure the flu, but hopefully reduce the severity and duration of your symptoms."

"The volumes have been more towards the afternoon time," said RN Supervisor Joanna Plate.

"The physicians office is overwhelmed so they send them here and I am concerned they are going to send them here."

"It's not just the doctors that have to work harder,or the nurses, but the techs, but all of us are on the same team pulling the wagon."

To make sure everyone is safe and healthy.

But should that increase occur, Dr. Wayne Macgregor says they have the space and on call system in place, but more importantly the hospital has staff ready to help.

Joanna Plate an ER nurse supervisor says she has three extra nurses Thursday night alone.

So serious, it's responsible for about 30,000 deaths a year, making early detection crucial, especially in the first 48 hours.

On average Dr. Wayne Macgregor sees about 30 patients a day and says in the last week, roughly one third have come in complaining of flu like symptoms.

According to the CDC, the state of Michigan currently has widespread flu with a total of 285 confirmed cases.

Allegiance hospital in Jackson has seen almost double the amount of people in the emergency room this year (21%), compared to the same time last year.

Nick Perreault spoke with a doctor who wants the public to know, should the flu continue to spike they will be ready.

From walk in's to the emergency room, Dr. Wayne Macgregor from Allegiance Hospital says it's obvious, the number of patients coming in with flu like symptoms is up.

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