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Flu Season Update

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EUGENE, Ore. — Local doctor’s offices are still getting inundated with patients suffering from flu-like symptoms.

At PeaceHealth, H1N1 admissions have doubled in the past week. That was before school started and people went back to work.

Health professionals say the risk increases in large gatherings so they are trying to eliminate people’s fear of vaccinations.

Internal and Disaster Medicine specialist Dr. Geoffrey Simmons said that “99.9 percent of the time it’s harmless. You might get an arm ache or a little bit of something they call the flu.  But it is so mild compared to what you would have gotten. The trade off is really quite nothing.”

Doctors say you don’t need to make an appointment to get the vaccine and many clinics accept walk-in patients.

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