Immediate Clinic Prepares for Ebola and Flu Cases This Fall

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The urgent care center is readying itself for the possibility of an Ebola outbreak, but says the community has more to fear from the upcoming flu season.

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This is just something that the industry has to be educated on and needs to be prepared for, as well as the community.

In October 2014, Immediate Clinic announced that they have taken measures to prepare for two medical problems that have dominated the public's consciousness for the past several months: Ebola and the flu. These steps have included updating their intake process, adding new supplies and providing their staff with additional training and information. While the flu is more likely to affect the area than Ebola, Immediate Clinic is ready to provide the care the community may need in the event of a viral outbreak.

Immediate Clinic began making changes to their usual operations on October 1, when they instituted new questioning to their usual intake process. This new format asks every patient who enters their urgent care center targeted questions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This will help the staff quickly attend to any patients who may have contracted the contagious disease. Accordingly, Immediate Clinic has also stocked up on medical kits, including personal protective gear for their staff, and conducted several test drills to ensure that proper procedure is followed should a patient present.

While Immediate Clinic says that they are unable to treat a patient with Ebola, a number of urgent care clinics across the country have reportedly taken steps to prepare for an emergency. Like these urgent care centers, Immediate Clinic says it is preparing for the worst.

"This is a pretty common procedure to take; across the country, every other urgent care center and hospital is preparing themselves," said Kirsten Saint Clair, Immediate Clinic's Director of Business Development. "Because we tend to be the first place people go if they feel like they have a fever or are sick, we need to be prepared for all illnesses. This is just something that the industry has to be educated on and needs to be prepared for, as well as the community."

If a patient suspects that they may have contracted Ebola, Immediate Clinic says that they should instead visit a hospital, as urgent care centers are primarily designed for non-life-threatening conditions; in fact, if a patient with Ebola did come to their center, Immediate Clinic says they would contact a local EMS that was prepared to handle the disease. However, when it comes to preventing and treating the flu, another contagious and serious viral infection, Immediate Clinic is up for the challenge.

Flu season could reportedly start as early as November, and with this winter predicted to be as long and cold as last year, the flu virus could easily spread from person to person. For this reason, Immediate Clinic is encouraging the community to visit their center for a vaccination.

About Immediate Clinic

Immediate Clinic offers a wide variety of healthcare services. As an urgent care, they offer treatment for illness as injuries, including headaches, the flu, fevers, and cuts, as well as preventative care such as vaccines and HIV testing. To learn more about the clinic, visit http://www.immediateclinic.com

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