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Around this time of year, you may wonder, if it’s important to get the flu shot and if it’s worth the hassle. Every doctor and nurse will say “Yes,” but you may have doubts and questions about why it is so critical to get the flu shot every year. This blog will give you the facts to understand the need for the flu shot for you and your children.

Why is a Shot Needed to Protect Against the Flu?

The flu virus spreads easily and can be contracted within six feet of a person affected. Becoming sick with the flu can result in mild and severe cases. Mild cases may produce a low grade fever and severe cases could result in life threatening pneumonia. For example, the flu can be life threatening to young children and those with chronic medical conditions. Getting the flu shot can prevent you and your family from illness, and also from passing it to others.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you may be able to infect other people with the flu starting one day before flu symptoms appear to about seven days after becoming sick. This means that you are able to pass the symptoms to someone else before you even know you are sick. The flu shot is the ultimate protector in many ways. Here is how people are impacted by the flu:

Getting the Flu (Influenza) Vaccine: Why It’s Important

  • Babies under six months of age are too young for a flu shot and are high risk for complications from the flu.
  • Since the flu virus spreads easily, even healthy children (and adults) can become sick.
  • Young children (even healthy children) and pregnant women are at risk for serious complications from the flu.
  • People with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or any disease that decreases their immune system can be at risk for serious complications from the flu.
  • Each flu strain is different and can range from a mild fever to life threatening pneumonia.

If you or your child is moderately affected by the flu and passes it to another child or adult, it doesn’t mean they are moderately affected—they can become very ill. For example, what may be a moderate flu to you or your child may be a life threatening flu to someone else.

How Can I Protect My Family from the Flu?

Get the flu shot! This is the best thing you can do to protect your family during the flu season, which is around October to March. The flu shot doesn’t just protect you and your family but also the people around you and your child’s friends. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect and offer full flu protection. During the flu season, it is also important to teach your children how to properly wash their hands.

Who Should Not Get the Flu Shot?

There are some children who should not get the flu shot. In these cases, your child should be washing their hands and reduce their exposure to people who may be sick to decrease their chances of getting the flu. According to the CDC, those who should not get the flu shot are:

  • Children who have ever had a severe allergic reaction to the flu vaccine.
  • Children with a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS). Tell your doctor if you or your child has been diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome.
  • Children who have had a severe allergic reaction to eggs. Make sure your healthcare provider knows about any allergic reactions. Most, but not all, types of flu vaccine contain small amount of egg.
  • Children who are moderately or severely ill with or without fever should wait until they recover before getting the flu vaccine. If you your child is ill, talk to your doctor about whether to reschedule the vaccination.

Can My Family Get the Flu From a Flu Shot?

According to the CDC, the flu vaccine can’t cause flu illness, however, your child can experience mild side effects from the flu shot such as soreness where the shot was given, a low grade fever, and body aches.

Where Can I Take My Family to Get the Flu Shot

You can get a flu shot even if you don’t have a regular doctor. Come to Atlantis Urgent Care located in Indian Harbour Beach, FL. Call us today at 321-777-2273 to schedule your 2018-2019 flu shot.

How Can I Prepare My Child for Shots?

The thought of getting a shot can be very frightening to a child. But there are ways to help your child overcome the fears. These two blog posts offer some helpful tips:

I hope this blog post makes you feel empowered to get flu shots for you and your family. Protection from illness is a priority and no one wants to get sick, especially during the holidays.  Please make an appointment to protect your family and many other families today.

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Atlantis Urgent Care is a sponsor of National Night out with the Indian Harbour Beach Police Department held on August 7th from 5pm – 9pm at Indian Harbour Beach Rec – Gleason Park.
 
This year marks the 35th Anniversary of National Night Out. Over 38 million neighbors take part in National Night Out (NNO) across approximately 16 thousand communities from all 50 states. NNO is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie…to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.
 
Come and celebrate with Indian Harbour Beach Police Department, City Employees and the Staff and Students of Ocean Breeze Elementary as we ask our community to take a stand against criminals by turning on the porch lights, locking the house up and joining us for an evening of fun and laughs. We are planning events like face painting, a corn hole competition, Dunk-A-Cop (in a dunk tank), a pie eating contest, Police Simulator for adults and a movie in the park! We will have a K-9 demonstration by Kato and Ofc. Swenson, police vehicles on display and local vendors will have tents set up for information. We will also raffle off some Ring Doorbells, as our partners in National Night Out, to participants. Please follow this link and download the Ring Neighborhood App to help us get more doorbells to give away. http://m.onelink.me/3ccdfb51

 


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STDs affect individuals of all ages, but some of the highest rates are among young people. Many STDs have no signs or symptoms. If left untreated, STDs can cause serious complications. If you have been exposed it is important to get tested and treated right away.

We provide lab tests and processing on-site, so you can get the results faster. Our physicians will discuss your test results with you in the very same visit, or we can send results to your primary care physician.


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Atlantis Urgent Care has received accreditation from Urgent Care Association of America and has met nationally standardized criteria to provide high-level care and achieved excellence in these areas:

▪️Governance
▪️Human Resources
▪️Patient Care Processes
▪️Physical Environment
▪️Quality Improvement
▪️Health Record Management
▪️Patient Privacy/Rights
▪️Patient Responsibilities
▪️Scope of Care


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Our staff—from our front desk to our physicians—will treat you quickly and efficiently while taking the time to listen to you. Atlantis Urgent Care is available for all of life’s little emergencies:

Injuries & Illnesses
X-ray & Lab Testing on-site
Physical Exams
Vaccines
Occupational Medicine
and more!

Call today to schedule your appointment: 321-777-2273


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Here are 5 signs that your ankle sprain may be a fracture:

1) Inability to place weight on your foot

The main function of a ligament is the stability of the ankle, they are mostly stressed in side-to-side movement.  Most people with an ankle sprain can walk or, at least, place weight on their foot without significant pain.  There are always outliers to this generalization, but the pain level with a fracture is going to be much higher, especially when placing weight on that area.

2) Pain directly to the bone

The ankle is made up of the fibula (outside bone), tibia (inside bone) and the talus, which is the part of the foot connected to the ankle.  Although ligament injuries can cause pain at the edges of those bones because it is where they attach, a fracture will have pain in a much larger area.  Pressing upwards along the ankle bone is not going to commonly produce pain in the setting of a sprain.  Be sure to also check the 5th metatarsal bone, which is located on the outside of the foot.  This is commonly fractured during an ankle sprain, but also easily missed.

3) Visible protrusion of the bone

Swelling is common in both a fracture and a sprain, but a fracture results in a piece of bone becoming unstable from the rest of the bone.  In most cases the surrounding soft tissue provides enough support to keep the bone in place.  In some instances, the fractured piece of bone is moved out of position.  This results in a protrusion of bone which can be visually evident on examination.

4) Bruising extending higher up the leg

Similar to swelling, bruising accompanies almost every ankle sprain and fracture.  Ligaments tend to be located at the tips of the bones in the ankle.  Because of this, any bruising will be located around the tips of those bones.  Bones are very vascular, meaning they have a lot of blood flow, which results in more bruising.  A fracture that occurs at the tip of the bone can have similar bruising patterns, but many fractures occur higher up the leg.  The resulting bruising can be seen extending higher up the ankle.

5) Persistent pain

Pain is likely to accompany both and ankle sprain and fracture.  With appropriate treatment of rest, ice and compression most ankle sprains have significant decrease in pain after the first week.   If your pain continues beyond that point, there is a higher likelihood that a more extensive injuries is present.

Not all ankle sprains or fractures will apply to these general rules.  Certain ankle sprains can require extensive treatment and longer recovery time.  Because of this, it is always critical to have prompt evaluation by a physician, which can result in early proper treatment, quicker recovery and better long- term results.

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Getting sick with a single strain does not necessarily protect you from others

This flu season is a particularly severe one, and it’s not over yet—health officials say flu activity will likely remain elevated for at least several more weeks. But if you already caught the flu, are you in the clear for the rest of the season?

Unfortunately, no. Experts say it is possible to catch the flu twice in one season. That’s because there are multiple strains of flu viruses circulating at any one time, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. So getting sick with one strain of flu won’t necessarily protect you from a different strain.

But the good news is that it’s pretty rare to catch the flu twice in a single season. Having this happen would be “quite a stroke of bad luck,” Schaffner told Live Science. [6 Flu Vaccine Myths]

Most people who get the flu this season are getting sick with the H3N2 strain. But a smaller portion of people (around 10 to 15 percent) are getting the H1N1 strain or the influenza B virus, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (H3N2 and H1N1 are both strains of influenza A.)

Seasonal flu shots contain three to four strains of flu virus, because there isn’t much “cross protection” between strains, Schaffner said. It’s possible that getting sick with one type of influenza A virus would offer some modest protection against another type of influenza A, but it probably wouldn’t give you any protection against the influenza B virus, Schaffner said.

If you do catch the flu, and you haven’t received the flu vaccine for the season, doctors generally recommend that you still get a flu shot after you’re no longer sick, particularly if it’s early on in the flu season, Schaffner said. The CDC recommends the flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older.

This flu season is turning out to be one of the worse since the 2009 “swine flu” epidemic, CDC officials said last week. Health officials are seeing “widespread’ flu activity across the entire country.

For the past five flu seasons, health officials found that flu activity was elevated for around 16 weeks. So far this season, flu activity has been elevated for nine weeks, meaning that the flu season may be only about halfway over, the CDC said.

By Rachael Rettner, LiveScience on February 4, 2018


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Accidents are unpredictable and can occur at a moment’s notice. When an accident happens, it can be difficult to know what to do. It’s hard enough to just stay calm! As a society we have been trained since childhood to rush to the emergency room. However, depending on the severity of the injury this may not be the best option.


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