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Brewton Medical Center News

he United States experiences annual epidemics of seasonal flu. This time of year is called "flu season." In the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. Influenza activity often begins to increase in October and November. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May. CDC monitors certain key flu indicators (for example, outpatient visits of influenza-like illness (ILI), the results of laboratory testing and reports of flu hospitalizations and deaths). When these indicators rise and remain elevated for a number of consecutive weeks, "flu season" is said to have begun. Usually ILI increases first, followed by an increase in flu-associated hospitalizations, which is then followed by increases in flu-associated deaths.

If you have not already done so please get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in our community. We have already started to experience a small number of positive flu test. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated today. No appointment needed.

The Brewton Medical Center is pleased to announce that Leslie Goolsby, ARNP has joined the pediatric staff at the Brewton Medical Center under Dr. Paul LoDuca.

Leslie joins the Brewton staff after serving as a nurse practitioner in Pensacola, FL
Leslie is a resident of Milton, FL.

The physicians and staff of the Brewton Medical Center look forward to what Leslie can bring to the Pediatric staff of the Brewton Medical Center.