More patients checking in Yakima Regional for flu virus

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Flu cases sent an influx of patients to the emergency room at Yakima Regional Medical Center. There's been nearly a third more patients checked for the flu virus. People were encouraged to wear masks when they entered the hospital. Administrators said patients were lined up to get tested an hour before the Emergency Room began doing the checks on Monday. They had to call an extra doctor to help.

"It's rampant in our town these weekend so we're doing everything we can to try to get them in, get them treated," said Dr. Raul J. Garcia Rodriguez

The hospital said it is not running short of the flu vaccine.