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December 27, 2006

Albany--  Emergency rooms have been slammed this season because of holiday injuries and illnesses.  

Just yesterday, the day after Christmas, Palmyra Medical Center's emergency room saw about 25 percent more patients than usual. Doctors blame much of the increase on flu symptoms but there are other reasons.

People show up at the hospital because their primary care physician offices may be closed and a lot of people have holiday accidents.

"You see somebody cut their finger carving the Christmas turkey and the usual stuff but mostly this is a time of year when you see the cults of flu and sniffles," said Dr. Walter.

Dr. Walter says he expects to see another rush this weekend as people celebrate the New Year with alcohol. He warns everyone not to drink and drive to prevent life-threatening trips to the ER.

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