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Free flu shots offered by Salem Health Medical Clinics and Salem Free Clinic - 01/19/17

In response to the rise of influenza cases in the mid-Willamette valley, Salem Health, its family medicine clinics and Convenient Care are teaming up to help the community fight the flu bug.

"We want to reach out to people living in Marion and Polk counties to help protect them from the flu virus," said Leilani Slama, vice president of community engagement at Salem Health. "This has been an especially bad year for the flu and it's not too late to get a shot. Our main goal is to make it convenient as possible for people to get those shots."

A total of 800 influenza vaccines will be available for free on a first come, first served basis for ages 3 and up on the following dates and times. Appointments are not required. Those with an allergy to eggs are asked to see their primary care doctor for the influenza vaccine.

SATURDAY, JAN. 21:
* Salem Free Clinic, 1300 Broadway St. NE, #104 (Open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24 and JAN. 25:
* Salem Health Convenient Care, 1002 Bellevue St. SE, Salem (Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

* Salem Health Medical Clinics
* Salem:
* 966 12th St. SE (Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

* 2925 River Rd. S (Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

* 1049 Edgewater St. NW (Open 7:30 to 8 p.m.)

* Keizer: 550 Dietz Ave. NE (Open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

* Dallas: 555 SE Washington St. (Open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

* Monmouth: 512 Main St. E, Suite 300 (Open 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)


Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.

Salem Health seeing rush of patients - 01/11/17

At the Salem Health emergency department -- the busiest ER in the state -- patient visits were up by over 20 percent in the past week, according to chief nursing officer Sarah Horn. The spike in patients led to a record hospital census of 470 patients in need of beds at one point.

Most hospitals across Oregon are facing similar surges in patient visits due to the flu, respiratory illness and weather-related accidents.

"Despite our increase in volume at Salem Health, the Emergency Department staff and physicians have been working diligently to put processes in place to ensure we are meeting the needs of our community," said Horn.

If you have an illness or injury and need medical attention, here's what to know before you come in so that you can get the fastest and most appropriate treatment. The Salem Health Emergency Department should be used in times of life-threatening illness or injury, such as:

* Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath

* Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure

* Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness

* Changes in vision

* Confusion or changes in mental status

* Any sudden or severe pain

* Uncontrolled bleeding

* Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea

* Coughing or vomiting blood

* Suicidal or homicidal feelings

* Stroke symptoms

For illness or injury that is not life-threatening, people may want to consider seeking alternative methods of care, like Salem Health's Convenient Care, primary care providers or nurse advice lines.

Salem Health has also implemented a temporary visitor restriction to protect patient safety. Only the people needed to give support to -- and care for -- patients should visit. No visitors under the age of 12 are allowed at any time. Individuals who are sick or have been in contact with someone who was sick should not visit.

Additionally, it's not too late to get a flu shot.

Hospitals across Oregon experiencing high patient volumes - 01/05/17

If individuals are experiencing a medical emergency, they should call 911 or come to the Emergency Department.

Other options include Salem Health Convenient Care (503-814-5554, www.salemhealth.org/convenient-care) where wait times are less than an hour, primary care providers, or nurse advice lines if under health care coverage.

Salem Health -- an OHSU Partner -- offers exceptional care to people in and around Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley. It is comprised of hospitals in Salem and Dallas, a medical group of primary and specialty care providers, plus other affiliated services. Visit us at www.salemhealth.org; "Like" us on www.facebook.com/salemhealth; follow us on Twitter: @salemhealth; and view us at www.youtube.com/salemhealth.