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Volume 8, Issue 10  |  February 3, 2023Subscribe

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Guest Letter

Robert T. Braithwaite

President & CEO

Hoag

This year’s flu season is upon us

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Courtesy of Hoag Hospital

Robert Braithwaite, Hoag president and CEO

Dear Neighbors,

This year’s flu season is underway, and reports indicate that flu and other respiratory illnesses are appearing at higher rates than normal for this time of year, placing a greater demand on our emergency departments. 

While our emergency departments are always well prepared to take care of your emergent needs, Hoag also offers 15 urgent care facilities conveniently located throughout Orange County to treat non-emergency medical issues for both adults and children. With walk-in access to care, extended hours and the ability to schedule appointments and view wait times online, Hoag Urgent Care’s skilled doctors can accommodate patients’ busy schedules.

When your condition is less serious but still requires immediate attention, choosing an urgent care can save you time and money, as well as keeping the emergency room free to handle more serious conditions. Urgent cares can provide treatment for coughs, colds, sore throats, ear infections, flu-like symptoms, COVID-19 symptoms and testing, sprains, strains, cuts, lacerations, stitches and more. 

So, how can you help protect yourself during this flu season? If you haven’t already received your flu vaccine, now’s the time. We offer the flu vaccine at Hoag Urgent Care facilities and walk-ins are accepted. If you are a Hoag Medical Group patient, you may schedule a nurse appointment for your flu vaccine. Please reach out to your physician or our care providers to learn more. 

Hoag is here for you – in sickness and in health. 

Sincerely,

Robert T. Braithwaite

President and Chief Executive Officer

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