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COVID-19 What’s the Latest?

Like most hospitals in the region, WakeMed has transitioned to managing COVID-19 as part of our every day ‘new normal.’ Over the past several months, we’ve put screening and testing protocols into place, mandatory mask requirements across all of our locations, significantly expanded the use of personal protective equipment, as well as implemented advanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures – all designed to protect our employees, patients and community.

While we continue to see a modest number of cases throughout the WakeMed system, our care teams remain vigilant and extremely cautious as numbers throughout the state continue to rise. The good news is that our treatment strategies to support COVID-19 patients have evolved greatly over the past several months, and while COVID remains a deadly disease we are seeing increasingly better outcomes for hospitalized patients as our experience grows.

From steroid treatments and antiviral agents to WakeMed’s participation in several clinical trials and rehabilitation programs designed to help improve the recovery process – WakeMed is fully prepared to help the community continue to fight against COVID-19.

This fall, we urge patients and visitors to check our web site regularly for updated COVID-19 information, including:

As always, the health and safety of our patients and their families – and the community at large – is our top priority.

Stay Safe This Fall – Vaccine Reminder!

It’s not too late to get your fall/winter vaccines! WakeMed Primary Care physician Dr. Shahla Naz reminds us that it’s more important than ever to protect yourself from infection this year due to COVID-19.

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, staying up-to-date on flu and pneumonia vaccines is very important. Generally speaking, all adults should receive an annual flu vaccine, and those over the age of 65 or those at risk for pneumonia should get their pneumonia vaccines as recommended by their physician(s).

CDC Vaccine Recommendations:

Flu Vaccine

  • Everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu vaccine every season.

Pneumonia Vaccines

  • There are two types of pneumonia vaccine in the US.

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccination

The pneumococcal conjugate vaccination is recommended for:

  • All babies and children younger than 2 years old
  • People 2 years or older with certain medical conditions

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccinations

Routine pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccinations are recommended for:

  • All adults 65 years or older
  • People 2 through 64 years old with certain medical conditions
  • Adults 19 through 64 years old who smoke cigarettes

Concerned About COVID-19?

Our top priority is the health and safety of our patients, families, and care teams. Learn more about what we’re doing to keep our community safe, and stay up-to-date on everything related to COVID-19 by visiting the WakeMed website here.