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Walk-in clinics dealing with heavy flu traffic

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(WBNG) -- As the number of flu cases continue to rise, so does the waiting time to see a doctor. However, local clinic officials said they are taking extra steps to meet everyone's needs.

Doctors are calling this year's flu season one of the worst. Those who work at local hospitals and walk-in clinics said they have seen people consistently fill the waiting rooms.

"There's only a certain amount of clinics to see folks," said owner of Endwell Family Physicians and Director of the walk-in clinic, James Holler. "The walk-in is definitely busier than many years."

At Lourdes Hospital, doctors said they are seeing more and more people lately.

"We do have an influx of patients coming to the hospital, especially in the emergency room" said Attending Physician at Lourdes Hospital, Umar Hardi. 

However, medical officials said they are taking extra steps to keep those waiting lines short.

"When it gets really busy, the people in the back on the Endwell Family side, we can call on to see overflow patients and help people move through our system more quickly," said Holler.

While experts are calling this year's flu season one of the worst, they are urging people to see their physician if they can.

"Every year is different. Some years are good, some years are bad," said Hardi. "You don't get to choose, so it's just what we got this year."

No matter, doctors said the long wait is worth it to get your needs met during this flu season.

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