Waiting Rooms Packed with Patients

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Waiting rooms all over the Mid-Ohio Valley are filling up with more patients, and some doctors' offices are even seeing record numbers for this time of year.

Certified family nurse practitioner, Tony Goocey, says for weeks there has been a significant increase in patients at Quick Care in Marietta.

He says the flu is responsible for many recent illnesses, but they're also seeing a lot of people with the common cold who are simply taking precautions by seeing a doctor.

Health officials are also being cautious by keeping themselves and their offices extra clean.

"Lots of hand sanitizer and hand washing, and hand washing is probably one of the best things you can do to prevent the spread of disease. We've been wiping off counters with Clorox wipes and those kinds of things," Goocey said.

He also says it's a good idea for anyone who hasn't been sick with flu-like symptoms to get the H1N1 vaccine when available.

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