Archive | January, 2018

Flu Season Update

We continue to have a higher than average flu season – and there’s no sign that it’s letting up.

In December 2017, Lexington Medical Center’s Emergency department and five Urgent Care centers in Lexington County diagnosed 556 cases of the flu. From January 1 to 18, hospital clinicians diagnosed 1079 cases – exceeding the total for December within just the first half of January.

According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, the prominent strain is H3N2, which clinicians call one of the more severe strains of the flu. The biggest uptick in cases seemed to be during the second week of January.

Health experts emphasize that it’s not too late to get a flu shot. While there has been some concern that the vaccine is not effective this year, this year’s flu shot contains protection for a strain similar to H3N2. In fact, clinicians estimate the vaccine is about 35% effective, which is higher than previously thought. And it’s still more effective than not getting the vaccine.

Clinicians also point out that rapid flu swab tests are not 100% accurate. It’s possible to receive a false negative. So, they advise treating your illness like the flu even with a negative flu test. That’s especially true for the elderly, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, or who have chronic respiratory problems.

To prevent spreading the flu:
~Wash your hands.
~Don’t touch your face, nose, mouth or eyes.
~Stay home if you’re sick.
~Wipe down surfaces including countertops and door knobs.

Throughout the year, Lexington Medical Center asks that people who are not feeling well do not visit the hospital. If a patient comes to our Emergency department, Urgent Care facilities or physician practices with flu-like symptoms, we ask them to wear a mask. We also have hand sanitizer throughout our offices.

Lexington Women’s Care Opens Chapin Office

Lexington Medical Center is proud to welcome Lexington Women’s Care Chapin to its network of care. The practice is located at 557 Columbia Avenue, Suite C, in Chapin. The office opened this week.

Formerly Lexington OB/GYN, Lexington Women’s Care Chapin will provide comprehensive care for women at any age or stage of life. Importantly, patients in Chapin will now be able to access prenatal care where it’s convenient for them.

Dr. Janis Keeton

The same, friendly staff from Lexington OB/GYN will welcome patients to Lexington Women’s Care Chapin, including Janis Keeton, MD, and Amy McMillan, PA-C. Dr. Keeton is a Chapin native who graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia and completed her residency there. She is also board certified.

“The Chapin community has been my home since childhood, and most of my immediate and extended family still live there. My family and I welcome this opportunity with glad hearts,” said Dr. Keeton.

A member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants, Amy earned her Master of Science in physician assistant studies at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has helped meet the health care needs of women for 20 years and has been a physician assistant in women’s health for more than a decade.

Appointments at Lexington Women’s Care Chapin are available Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to noon. For more information about the practice and its providers, visit LexingtonWomensCareChapin.com or call (803) 936-7476.

Lexington Women’s Care Chapin
557 Columbia Avenue, Suite C
Chapin, SC 29036
LexingtonWomensCareChapin.com