Flu incidence rising sharply
Lee Health has seen a sharp increase in flu cases—jumping from less than 200 cases during the week of Dec. 18 to more than 330 cases during the last week of December. Because of this significant increase, Lee Health is restricting children age 12 and younger from visiting patients in any Lee Health hospital until further notice. Compassionate care allowances will be made when necessary. Visitors also may be asked to follow additional precautions in some pediatric ICU and oncology areas.
Lee Health also asks our community to:
- Get the flu vaccine, as well as the pneumococcal vaccine (a secondary illness)
- Practice good hand hygiene—wash hands often
- Stay home when you are ill
- Cover your cough and, if you use a tissue, dispose of it in a waste receptacle
If you experience signs and symptoms of flu, visit a Lee Health Convenient Care, walk-in or urgent care center. The signs and symptoms of flu include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue. Some may experience vomiting and diarrhea, though that is more common in children. It is important to note, too, that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
Lee Health Convenient Care Extends Evening Hours
(Fort Myers, Fla. – Jan. 18, 2018) --- Two Lee Health Convenient Care locations have announced extended hours of operation, in response to the needs of the community. These urgent care centers located at 1682 NE Pine Island Road in Cape Coral, and the newest facility at 13340 Metro Parkway, near the intersection of Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, are now open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week (except a few major holidays).
Convenient Care offers quality, walk-in medical care for adults and children in a cost-effective, comfortable environment. The urgent care centers are an alternative to the emergency department for treatment of nonlife-threatening injury or illness with the expertise of skilled physicians in a state-of-the-art clinic. Convenient Care medical centers are ideal for sprains, strains, cuts, rashes, cold and flu, auto and work-related injuries, and school or sports physicals. Each site is equipped with X-ray capabilities for fractures and broken bones (not protruding through the skin).
“Convenient Care is helpful for individuals who don’t have a primary care physician, and it’s a great alternative to using the emergency department for nonlife-threatening medical issues - especially during season,” explains Kris Fay, Chief Administrative Officer of Lee Physician Group. “It gives the community immediate access to quality, hospital-affiliated health care provided by our trusted Lee Physician Group physicians and skilled nurses.”
Convenient Care is appropriate when: you have a nonlife-threatening emergency, you're unable to get an appointment with your primary care doctor, or if you’re not established with a primary care physician. No appointment or referral is necessary, and most insurance is accepted.
Other Lee Health Convenient Care locations include: 16230 Summerlin Road, Ft. Myers, and 4771 S. Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers. These locations are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Kids Urgent Care, located in the Golisano| Nicklaus Children’s Health Center, 3361 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, is open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily.