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Cold and flu care clinic opens in Jersey Shore

JERSEY SHORE — With respiratory virus season upon us, Geisinger is making it easier for you to get care and treatment by opening dedicated cold and flu centers, including one in Jersey Shore. The clinic offers by-appointment care for cold, flu and respiratory virus symptoms, like a cough, fever, runny nose or sore throat.

Located at 116 Kerr Ave., the clinic is equipped with rapid respiratory panel testing capabilities. This includes testing for influenza strains A and B; respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); streptococcus (strep); and COVID-19. While testing for COVID-19 is part of the respiratory panel, these locations are not COVID-19 testing centers.

“This cold and flu season comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the viruses have similar symptoms,” said Richard Martin, M.D., primary care physician at Geisinger. “By opening these dedicated cold and flu centers, we’re helping people get the care they need in the most efficient way.”

The clinics can treat anyone over the age of 1, and same-day and next-day appointments are available. For an appointment at Jersey Shore, call 800-230-4565, or your primary care physician can refer you to the clinic.

“While we’re adding these cold and flu centers as an additional level of care in our communities, it’s still crucial for you to get your annual flu shot,” Martin said. “Getting your flu shot this year is critical in helping to keep flu-related hospitalizations to a minimum so we don’t overwhelm the health care system with cases of the flu and COVID-19 viruses.”

To learn more about Geisinger Cold & Flu Centers, visit geisinger.org/coldandflu. Additional cold and flu care centers are located in Danville, Lewistown, Mount Pocono, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. To learn where to get a flu shot, visit geisinger.org/flunews.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, or need a COVID-19 test, call Geisinger’s coronavirus hotline at 570-284-3657 for testing.

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