Lake Wales, FL – Lake Wales Medical Center and Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center have resumed normal visiting hours and guidance following one of the worst flu seasons in decades.
This year’s flu season has peaked and is now in a steady decline, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We are confident that the worst of a tough flu season is over and we are encouraging patients who may have put off care to make sure they get back on track,” says Chief Nursing Officer Andrea Clyne.
The incidence of flu in Polk County has been falling over the past few weeks. The consistent decline in cases follows a season where influenza impacted local schools, workplaces and hospital emergency rooms.
Flu season also prompted some people to postpone care for chronic or elective health issues, either due to cases of the flu itself, or out of a fear of contact with flu in public spaces.
“Taking precautions is the best possible way to avoid catching any virus,” Clyne said. “Get the flu shot early in the season, take proactive hand-washing and hygiene steps, and increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. But don’t put off important care of chronic conditions, or allow an emerging condition to worsen by waiting out the season. Healthcare facilities take aggressive measures to prevent the spread of viruses – likely more so than any other public space.”
This year’s flu season was a good reminder of the importance of getting vaccinated and building immunity early and over time. According to the CDC, it’s not too late to get your flu shot this year. If you need a flu shot, or assistance with a plan for building your general health and immune system, call your primary care physician and develop a personal and comprehensive wellness plan that will support you throughout the year. If you need a primary care physician in the Lake Wales area, call 844-634-DOCS (3627) or visit www.LakeWalesMedicalGroup.com. In the Haines City / Davenport area, you can call 863-419-2420 or visit www.HeartofFloridaPhysicianGroup.com.