Hospital forced to turn away flu cases due to outbreak in Texas

Hospital forced to turn away flu cases due to outbreak in Texas

Methodist Dallas Medical Center's emergency room is so overrun with flu cases that it is asking people with non-emergency symptoms to go to urgent care centers or see a primary care physician.

"We are seeing all patients who come in to our emergency department on their own, but just like other Dallas-area hospitals that are on advisory or close to capacity, numerous patients with flu-like or non-emergent symptoms are having to wait longer than usual because of the spike in traffic".

"Consistent with federal and state laws, Methodist Dallas Medical Center is now re-routing nonemergency patients due to high volumes of patients with flu-like symptoms", the hospital said in a statement, according to NBC DFW. It also said it "takes this very seriously because it wants to be able to treat anyone in need anytime".

- The Dallas County health department says seven more people have died because of the flu.

Total of 18 flu deaths in Dallas County this season so far.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw a year ago at this time.

According to the CDC, Texas is experiencing widespread flu activity. You can get your flu shot on the first floor of the DCHHS building at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway in Dallas between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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