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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- 'Tis the season for getting sick. Emergency rooms and immediate care centers have been packed with people will flu, flu-like symptoms, and the stomach bug.
If you are sick, the rush is on to find a doctor. Several urgent care centers close early on Christmas Eve and are closed on Christmas Day.
As an extra precaution in the waiting room at Baptist Urgent Care at the Eastpoint location, doctors ask that patients with flu-like symptoms wear a mask.
Patient Tim Marcum says, "Just watching the traffic in the waiting room, it seems to be very busy. I expected that. This is one of the few places that is open on Christmas Eve., so you expect to see more people here."
Marcum went to the doctor for the flu on Friday and now he's back again. He says he has, "Respiratory distress, low fever, believe I may have pneumonia."
Dr. Bruce Hunt with Baptist Urgent Care says, "Flu and flu-like illness, fever, cough, headache is what I'm seeing the most, followed closely by flu-like illness in the stomach."
Hunt says the waiting room is always busy at Baptist Eastpoint and the other urgent care centers. He says about 60 people came in Sunday and dozens more on Christmas Eve at Baptist Eastpoint Urgent Care.
We've heard it time and time again, but Hunt stresses frequent hand washing and good hygiene will help prevent the spread of disease. He says since the majority of illnesses are just viral, no antibiotics are needed. But that's not what people want to hear.
Amanda Simpson thinks she has strep throat. She says, "It sucks because tomorrow is Christmas. I guess I will be sick then too."
Her father, Glenn Simpson, says, "I'm just hoping they can give her some medication that will clear it up."
Marcum says he's been sick before on Christmas Eve. It's no fun, but he's making the most of it. He says, "We had plans to be with family. My wife also has the flu. She's at home. She's feeling a little better, but we're afraid to expose anyone else to what we have so we are staying at home rather than going to holiday festivities."