NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In the last two days, doctors at the Roper St. Francis Northwoods ER say they have been “slammed” with cases of the flu or flu-like symptoms.
They have seen cases in the double digits on both Monday and Tuesday and are hoping to get the word out that it’s not too late to get the flu shot.
“It is a safe estimate less than 10 percent of the patients we see in our Northwoods facility say they’ve had a flu shot,” Roper St. Francis ER Dr. John Walters said. “Patients often tell us they don’t want a flu shot because it will make them sick, a myth that has spread too far. Flu shots are easily available, safe and needed for everyone.”
Walters isn’t alone in trying to debunk the myths surrounding the flu shot. Dr. Russell Allinder is also an ER physician for Roper St. Francis.
“The biggest [myth] is that you can actually get the flu from the flu shot,” Allinder said.
Last year, the Lowcountry had almost 25,000 flu cases with more than 1,000 hospitalizations and 60 deaths. The peak season for the flu is late January into early February.
“It’s always important to re-get the flu shot because it changes every year,” Allinder said.
If you’re still interested in getting a flu shot, you can stop by any of the Roper St. Francis Physicians Partners locations, Express Care office or one of their numerous clinics in the North Charleston area.