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October 15, 2008 > How Urgent Care Services Can Help Your Family

How Urgent Care Services Can Help Your Family

Flu Shots and Flu Treatment Available at Washington Clinic in Fremont

The man in front of you in the checkout line at the grocery store doesn't look too good. He has a dry cough, looks feverish and is blowing his nose. Beginning in October, there's a good chance that this man has the flu. But there's a good chance the woman behind you has the flu and doesn't know it.

The best way to protect yourself from falling victim to flu season's wrath is to get your flu shot now. And an easy way to do that is to stop by Washington Clinic/Fremont, the urgent care clinic located on the second floor of Washington West at 2500 Mowry Avenue, just across the street from Washington Hospital.


Don't fall victim to flu season

"In the United States, the 'flu' is expected to affect 5 percent to 20 percent of the population, resulting in 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths annually," according to Frank Zeidan, M.D., medical director of Washington Clinic/Fremont and an emergency medicine physician at Washington Hospital.

By getting a flu shot now, before flu season kicks into high gear, you will have immunity from the most prevalent strains of the virus for the next six months or so, he says. And for anyone who wonders how effective the flu shot really is, Dr. Zeidan points out that the vaccine has an efficacy rate between 70 percent and 90 percent for individuals younger than 65 years old.

For those who are unfortunate enough to come down with the flu, he recommends lots of rest, plenty of fluids and treating symptoms with cough syrup and Tylenol or Motrin. He stresses that children under age 18 should not be given aspirin for treatment of fever or pain due to the risk of Reyes Syndrome, a rare but deadly illness that can develop quickly.


Urgent care services for the entire family

Washington Clinic/Fremont offers both walk-in service and appointments for a range of illnesses and injuries, including treatment of flu symptoms, which may include fever, muscle aches, nonproductive coughing, runny nose, a burning sensation in the eyes and chest.

Other services offered at the clinic include health care services for:
* Colds and coughs (as well as flu and flu-related symptoms)
* Lacerations
* Injuries, such as cuts and bruises
* On-the-job illness and injury, or other work-related needs
* Selected physical exams
* On-site X-ray and laboratory services
* Bilingual physicians available
* Work injury management
* Drug and alcohol testing
* Pre-employment physical exams
* Rehabilitation services


Convenience, quality care and affordability

According to Dr. Zeidan, urgent care services offered at Washington Clinic/Fremont play a vital role in health care delivery by bridging the gap between the doctor's office and the emergency room.

"The clinic provides care by a professional physician and nursing staff on a walk-in as needed basis," he explains. "Urgent care services help the patient avoid the overcrowding and higher cost in the Emergency Department for non-emergency health issues."

Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, the clinic offers convenient, affordable and appropriate care, Dr. Zeidan says.

In addition to the clinic's overall lower costs for care, patients will also find insurance co-pays are typically less than in the emergency room. The clinic accepts most insurance plans and bills patients' insurance as a courtesy.


Schedule your appointment today or come on in

To schedule an appointment for a flu shot at Washington Clinic/Fremont, call (510) 608-6174. Walk-in care is also provided.

For more information about Washington Clinic/ Fremont and other facilities at Washington Hospital, visit www.whhs.com, click on "About Us" and choose "Our Facilities" from the drop-down menu.

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