Flu Update

Flu Season Update

Flu Update November 20, 2022 The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that several influenza virus strains can cause. Symptoms of the flu usually appear abruptly and include headache, cough, fever, chills, and body aches. Influenza can cause severe complications – especially in children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems – making it […]

Do you have a stomach bug or food poisoning?

You feel a sickness in your stomach, your body aches, and you have a fever. You wonder how it could have happened. Was it that oddly chewy pork tenderloin you had for lunch or that fellow from yesterday’s meeting who coughed into his hand before you shook it? Do you have a stomach bug or […]

Preventing the Flu

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  Influenza—commonly known as “the flu”—is a contagious respiratory illness that is caused by the influenza virus. In the U.S., between 5-20% of the population gets the flu annually. Usually, it is mild, but it can become quite severe. In fact, over 200,000 adults and children are hospitalized due to the flu each year. If […]

Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

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What’s the Difference between Urgent Care and the Emergency Room? At some point, you may wonder if you should go to the emergency room or an urgent care clinic. It’s a good idea to learn the difference between urgent care and the ER before a medical crisis occurs. In these difficult moments, it’s important to […]

COVID-19 Subvariant BA.5 FAQs

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As we’ve seen throughout the pandemic, the virus that causes COVID-19 can mutate into many different variants. Early in 2022, BA.5 was discovered. This subvariant of Omicron is more contagious than ever. It is now one of the most common strains of COVID-19 in the US. How did the BA.5 subvariant of COVID-19 appear?   […]

Flu Shots Are Needed More Than Ever with COVID-19

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Each year, flu vaccination plays a major role in protecting individual and community health. Now, with the presence of COVID-19, getting vaccinated for the flu is more important than ever before. While there are now several vaccines for COVID-19, it is crucial to protect your overall health as a preventative measure. Here’s what you need […]

Flu Shot FAQ

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The flu shot is a seasonal vaccine that protects against the 4 influenza viruses that will be most common during the upcoming flu season. In the United States, flu season can begin as early as October and as late as May. An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from […]

Fear Not, Get a Shot!

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Despite the warm temperatures of the last few weeks, it’s important to remember that flu season is quickly approaching – and it’s time to get your flu shot. (And you’ll certainly prefer it to getting the flu.)  Click here for information from the CDC on estimates for this flu season. That is why Physicians Immediate […]

Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease

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Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease True to its name, the mild but highly contagious illness is characterized by a rash and sores in the mouth and on the hands and feet and is often accompanied by a fever. The illness is caused by a virus that is easily spread through schools and childcare centers, most commonly affecting children […]

Here’s What You Need to Know About Monkeypox

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The CDC is tracking an outbreak of monkeypox that has spread across several countries that don’t usually report monkeypox, including the United States. Because this is a rapidly changing virus, we have created some helpful links to the CDC website about monkeypox. Who is prominently at risk for monkeypox? https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/clinicians/what-hcps-should-know.html What symptoms do patients with […]

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