Emergency Tents Being set up in Allentown PA Hospital: The Flu is killing the Lehigh Valley

First the bad news: Widespread influenza activity overspreading the nation is taking its toll in the Lehigh Valley and northwest New Jersey.

The good news is this year’s flu vaccine is effective against the strain going around, according to a medical expert at St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Cases piled up enough atLehigh Valley Hospital to prompt the opening announced Monday of a second, temporary emergency department at itsSalisbury Township campus.

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The “mobile surge tent” set up outside the existing emergency department will begin accepting patients experiencing flu-like symptoms Tuesday, a Lehigh Valley Health Network news release said Monday. Patients with flu-like symptoms should still report to the main emergency entrance for treatment, according to the release.




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