The current influenza outbreak has started to loosen its grip across the center of the nation, but North Dakota continues to experience widespread flu. And it’s been worse than usual with more hospitalizations and more deaths. Many continue to feel the effects of this illness.

The particular virus causing the majority of the current influenza epidemic is one of the four strains in this year’s flu vaccine, but it has mutated enough that the vaccine is not as protective as we would prefer. This shouldn’t be interpreted as meaning the vaccine isineffective, but rather that for this particular flu outbreak, it doesn’t protect optimally. Moreover, there is a lot of flu season left and we frequently see other circulating strains and evensignificant outbreaks later in the winter and spring.

Therefore, a flu vaccine is still recommended and is the single bestthing you can do to protect yourself from the flu.

Influenza is a serious illness. Protect yourself, your loved ones, your classmates and your coworkers by getting vaccinated. If you have underlying asthma, diabetes, or other chronic medical problems and do become ill, get to a doctor early. You may be a candidate for anti-viral medication. Otherwise, stay home, treat the fever, drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest. Don’t fool with the flu.

UrgentMED is located in the spacious and newly renovated

University Medical Center.

2829 University Drive South

Fargo, ND 58103

Same physicians, same staff, new location.

Emergency Rooms are busy places.

If you have a major medical emergency, the emergency room is the best place for you. However, there are many medical conditions which end up in the ER which can be taken care of more efficiently-- and more appropriately-- in an urgent care center.

UrgentMED is such a facility. Our clinic is open seven days a week, including evenings. We can take care of a wide variety of illnesses, suture lacerations, splint minor fractures and sprains, freeze warts, draw blood, take x-rays, perform sports physicals for athletes, DOT physicals for truck drivers, and even preoperative physicals for those needing surgery-- all without the need to schedule an appointment.

Walk-in medical care for everyone.

Open seven days a week in south Fargo.

Urgent Medicine Associates, 2015