Flu outbreak impacts River Region - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Flu outbreak impacts River Region

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Stay safe on the road this Labor Day weekend

    Stay safe on the road this Labor Day weekend

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:50:09 GMT
    More law enforcement officers will be patrolling on the road to stop reckless drivers and to keep the road safe during the busy Labor Day weekend.More >>
    More law enforcement officers will be patrolling on the road to stop reckless drivers and to keep the road safe during the busy Labor Day weekend.More >>
  • Community gathers to reduce crime in Columbus

    Community gathers for Memorial Service, National Prayer Day to reduce crime in Columbus

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:44:04 GMT
    City leaders, victims of violence, clergies, and about 300 others from the Chattahoochee Valley gathered at the Civic Center on Sunday of the holiday weekend. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson held a memorial serviceMore >>
    City leaders, victims of violence, clergies, and about 300 others from the Chattahoochee Valley gathered at the Civic Center on Sunday of the holiday weekend. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson held a memorial service to stop the violence and reduce crime in the community.More >>
  • Two pedestrians killed in Opelika traffic accident

    Two pedestrians killed in Opelika traffic accident

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:34 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:34:07 GMT
    Two Opelika residents are dead following a Friday night traffic accident that took place around 9:30 p.m. at 1200 Columbus Parkway. When officers from the Opelika Police Department arrived on the scene,
    More >>
    Two Opelika residents are dead following a Friday night traffic accident that took place around 9:30 p.m. at 1200 Columbus Parkway. When officers from the Opelika Police Department arrived on the scene, they found two people who had been struck by a vehicle.
    More >>

A packed waiting room and a record number of patients pretty much sums up this flu epidemic we are seeing across the nation and in central Alabama.

"[There are] So many patients that are sick and so many admissions to the hospital that we're holding record number of people in the emergency room; record number of people waiting in the lobby to be seen. You know it's just taking a long time so we are just begging the community to be patient with us," Baptist Medical Center East Emergency Room Head Nurse Carol Lanser said.

Lanser says from babies to the elderly, people are flooding in complaining of body aches, headaches, fatigue, coughing, runny nose, fever and even nausea.

"We've got nurse managers coming in on the weekend. We've got administrative people that are coming up. We are having to have extra everybody because it is so busy. It seems like it gets worse everyday," Lanser said.

She says if you have not received the flu shot yet, it's not too late. She says contrary to popular belief, getting the flu shot will not give you the flu.

"[The key] is the hand washing, get your flu shots. Do everything you can. I mean when you go back home, wipe down your door facing, your telephones. Remember all those things," Lanser said.

"this is the worst flu season I've seen in the last five or six years in Montgomery."

We reached out to the Alabama Department of Public Health for comment about the flu outbreak. We were told the spoke person Dr. McIntyre is out with the flu herself...so this just shows how big of an impact it is and how anyone can easily get the flu.

If you have the flu, doctors say stay at home or either wear a mask that completely covers your nose and mouth.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health there are plenty of flu shot vaccines available.

Copyright 2013  WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.