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Metro medical experts say urgent care centers easier, faster for flu patients

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Kansas City area hospitals are seeing an influx of people coming in with flu-like symptoms and it’s impacting the level of service that the facility can provide. (CBS) Kansas City area hospitals are seeing an influx of people coming in with flu-like symptoms and it’s impacting the level of service that the facility can provide. (CBS)
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People who wake up and don’t feel in tip-top shape could be coming down with something.

Medical experts are urging people to see their primary care doctor or stop by an urgent care center instead of heading to the hospital. 

Kansas City area hospitals are seeing an influx of people coming in with flu-like symptoms and it’s impacting the level of service that the facility can provide.

In fact, St. Luke’s Hospital is seeing longer wait times and is now compensating by bringing in more physicians to help. The hospital is implementing alternative care areas, using recovery rooms that people would usually use after surgery, for flu patients who need them.

“The hospitals have been slammed. We want to save the hospital if you will, for people who have a real need for going to the emergency room," said Robert Bonney, Senior Vice President Non-Acute Services and Business Development, at Saint Luke’s Health System.

Currently, St. Luke's says there are 17 people in isolation at their hospital with the flu.

Experts say those who go to urgent care centers will receive faster service and will stay healthier because they won't be exposed to so many sick people.

Medical experts do advise that anyone who feels like they are getting sick should get to a doctor and start taking medicine early to fight the illness fast. They do say that people with another underlying illness should go to the hospital.

Flu season is expected to stick around throughout most of the winter, peaking in February.

Experts ask that anyone feeling sick see a doctor as soon as possible.

“It’s specifically bad this year, it is significantly worse,” Bonney said. “Take care of yourself, exercise, drink fluids.”

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