01/29/13 - 4:14pm
There is a rise in influenza patients this year in the emergency room at Central Peninsula Hospital, said Robert Emmick, M.D., medical director of the emergency department.
Last year, Emmick said the ER averaged about 40 to 44 patients with influenza, or the flu, each day during flu season. This year, the flu season has started earlier, and he said the ER has been seeing about 53 to 70 patients a day.
“It’s been a significant increase,” he said.