Cold vs Flu in Oklahoma and Walk In Clinic Locations

First Med Urgent Care: What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

The flu and the common cold are caused by different viruses but are both respiratory illnesses. These two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold. With the flu, symptoms such as: fever, body aches, ​extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense.

Colds are milder than the flu usually. If you have the flu, you’re more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as bacterial infections, pneumonia, or hospitalizations. At First Med Urgent Care, we provide you with the flexibility of a Walk In Clinic with five Oklahoma City and Edmond locations. Sometimes, the symptoms alone cannot provide you with a distinction between the cold and flu.

How do youCVS_Flu_Infographic_FINAL-662x1024-400x619 tell the difference between a cold and the flu?

Colds and flu share many of the same symptoms, and so it can be difficult (or sometimes impossible) to only look at the symptoms and know the difference, but it is a start. Special tests can be conducted soon within the illness to know if a person has the flu. If you think you or your child has the flu, please visit one of our five Walk-In Clinics in the OKC Metro or Edmond. We are an Urgent Care Clinic, and no appointment is needed.

What are common flu symptoms?

In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. Symptoms such as a fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense with a flu than with a cold.

WebMD states this about flu symptoms:

Most flu symptoms gradually improve over two to five days, but it’s not uncommon to feel run down for a week or more. A common complication of the flu is pneumonia, particularly in the young, elderly, or people with lung or heart problems. If you notice shortness of breath, let your doctor know. Another common sign of pneumonia is fever that comes back after having been gone for a day or two.

Just like cold viruses, flu viruses enter your body through the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, or mouth. Every time you touch your hand to one of these areas, you could be infecting yourself with a virus, which makes it very important to keep hands germ-free with frequent washing to prevent both flu and cold symptoms.

If you don’t have flu symptoms yet, you are a prime candidate for the flu vaccine. Once you get the vaccine, it takes two week to take affect, so please visit one of our Urgent Care Clinics in OKC or Edmond today. We offer flu vaccines all day, seven days a week, from 8am to 7:30pm. The below graph give us insight on flu trend in Oklahoma. Oklahoma has not hit the seasonal flu peek yet, but First Med was recieving cases of the flu as early as September this year! Help us prevent the spread of the flu in Oklahoma, starting with your household.


What are common cold symptoms?

Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. They do not usually result in serious health problems, such as bacterial infections, pneumonia, or hospitalizations. A cold usually begin with a sore throat, which disappears after a day or two. What follows the sore throat is nasal symptoms, congestion, and a runny nose. By the fourth and fifth days, people usually develop a cough. Fever with a common cold is uncommon in adults, but a small fever is possible. Children are more likely to develop a fever with a cold.

How long do cold symptoms last?
Usually, cold symptoms last for about a week. You are contagious during the first three days that you have cold symptoms, which means you can pass the cold to others. So stay home and get the rest you need.

Can I prevent flu or cold symptoms?
Healthy living can help prevent the cold or flu. The most important prevention measure is frequent hand washing.

In addition to washing your hands properly, you can also get a flu vaccine to prevent seasonal influenza. In the United States, the peek of flu season is generally between late December and early March. This year, the flu season started early in September, but hasn’t hit it’s peek yet. Remember, once you get a vaccine for the flu, it takes antibodies two weeks to develop in the body and provide protection against flu.

Click here for First Med Urgent Care locations throughout the OKC Metro. We are open 7 days a week.

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Google Maps out Flu Trends for Oklahoma and Nation

First Med Urgent Care: Reporting flu trends

Google has a powerful “mind” and you may have contributed to it’s nationwide Flu tracking ability. Have you searched for Flu information using the search engine recently?

Below is the explanation from Google on how they can track trends in the flu season with the searches they receive and traditional flu surveillance systems:

Each week, millions of users around the world search for health information online. As you might expect, there are more flu-related searches during flu season.

We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for “flu” is actually sick, but a pattern emerges when all the flu-related search queries are added together. We compared our query counts with traditional flu surveillance systems and found that many search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening. By counting how often we see these search queries, we can estimate how much flu is circulating in different countries and regions around the world.

Pretty cool, huh? We thought so.

Compare it to past years…Does the pattern look like last year’s? Do you think this flu season will be intense like it was in January? What was the most intense flu year? From research, we can learn that the flu season hasn’t hit it’s peek yet, but it is gearing up. Now is the time to get your flu vaccinations. It takes two weeks for the flu shot to fully take effect, so get in to one of our urgent care clinics soon before the peek hits Oklahoma in the months of December through February.

Check out this video explaining how Google makes this work.

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Trick or Treating in Oklahoma – Halloween Safety Tips

First Med Urgent Care: Talking about Halloween

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. Many Oklahoma homes are very receptive to trick or treaters and encourage it with their many decorations celebrating the holiday and the fall season. But no matter how peaceful you think a neighborhood to be, you should always take precautions and be on your guard when going up to a stranger’s house, or letting your children go. Children 12 and under should ALWAYS be accompanied by an adult when trick or treating.

To help ensure your children have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization dedicated to the health of all children.


– Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
– Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
– Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
– When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
– If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
– Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
– Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
– Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.


– Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.
– Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.
– Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.


– To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.
– Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.
– Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.
– Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.


– A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
– If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
– Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
– Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters.
– Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
– Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
– Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
– Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
– If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
– Never cut across yards or use alleys.
– Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.
– Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!
– Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.


– A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
– Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.
– Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.
– Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

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Coping with Stress and Preventing Sickness during the Holidays in Oklahoma

First Med Urgent Care: Holiday season

The holiday seasons are upon us and you can’t afford to get sick.  You’re preparing Halloween costumes for yourself or your kids and you’re driving the kids to Halloween events.  You’re routing for your favorite team at football games, and you’re hosting watch parties, Halloween parties, Christmas parties…and don’t forget about ALL that food that needs to be bought and prepared.  Plus the Christmas shopping.

Or that trip to the relative’s house you’ve planned. You CAN’T get sick. Sometimes it feels like getting sick around this time of year is inevitable though. But there are certain reasons why people tend to get sicker quicker and more often this time of year, and if we let you in on those, you’ll have a better chance of staying well for all your events.

Number one, we are simply more busy and simply have more on our plate and simply feel like we are going crazy. Who hasn’t felt crazy last minute Christmas shopping in the mall? It happens. But the stress that comes along with all that can, in a round about way, weaken you emotionally and also physically.

That stress plays a part in weakening our immune systems. When you are weak, you’re more susceptible to germs.

Secondly, sometimes you loose sleep this time of year because there is just not enough time in the day to cram everything in. Lack of sleep can also render you more susceptible to germs because your body has not had proper rest, something that is essential for growth and recovery.

Below are ways to cope with stress and the hormones that cause immune system problems. Click here for more on this topic.

Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. It can trigger hormones that can boost blood sugar levels and triglycerides (blood fats) that can be used by the body for fuel. When the excessive fuel in the blood isn’t used for physical activities, the chronic anxiety and outpouring of stress hormones can have serious physical consequences, including suppression of the immune system.

It isn’t the stress that makes you ill. Rather, it’s the effect responses such as excessive worrying and anxiety have on various interacting systems (immune system, your heart and blood vessels, certain glands, hormones that are secreted) that can bring on the physical illness. There are things you can do, though, including lifestyle changes, to alter the way you respond.

What Lifestyle Changes Might Help Excessive Worriers?

Although excessive worrying and high anxiety can cause an imbalance in your body, there are many options you have that can re-establish harmony of mind, body, and spirit. Here are a few options that you can consider:

  • Talk to your doctor. Start by talking with your primary care physician. Get a thorough physical exam to make sure other health problems are not fueling your feelings of anxiety.
  • Exercise daily. With your doctor’s approval, begin a regular exercise program.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet. Stress and worrying provoke some people to eat too little, others too much, or to eat unhealthy foods. Keep your health in mind when worrying nudges you toward the fridge.
  • Drink caffeine in moderation. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which can trigger adrenaline and make you feel nervous and jittery.
  • Be conscious of your worries. Do not dwell on them. Set aside 15 minutes each day where you allow yourself to focus on problems and fears — and then vow to let them go after the 15 minutes is up.
  • Learn to relax. Relaxation techniques can trigger the relaxation response — a physiological state characterized by a feeling of warmth and quiet mental alertness. 
  • Have a strong social network. Loneliness may be as much a risk factor for disease as having high cholesterol or smoking cigarettes. Be a friend to make a friend.
  • Talk to a professional therapist. Psychological counseling can help you develop appropriate coping strategies to deal with issues that trigger excessive worrying. The therapist can help you by suggesting ways that may help you change. But you have to be the one to make the changes. Therapy is only successful if you work on getting better. – Click here for a more extensive version.

Getting a flu shot early in the season is also very important.

Along with these lifestyle changes, stopping the spread of the flu in your house before it starts will make for a much less stressful holiday season. No one wants to get sick, especially when they can’t afford to. First Med offers flu shots every day at our 5 locations throughout the OKC metro. We are open from 8am to 7:30pm seven days a week. Come in before the flu affects your house and let us help you prevent sickness and lower stress! Also, check out this free download with more information about Flu Season 2013.

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Urgent Care Locations in The OKC Metro

First Med Urgent Care: 5 Locations

First Med Urgent Care has 5 locations throughout the OKC metro.

If you live in Edmond, you’ve probably heard about the new Bricktown Brewery. If you have been, you were on the corner of Danforth and Kelly. One of our locations is just right across the street on Kelly.

Next time you’re trying out the restaurant’s savory bacon burgers, maybe you’ll come visit us as well. We are a walk in clinic, so no appointment is needed. If you have an urgent care need in Edmond or if you just need a vaccination or physical exam, we are your doctors. Flu shots bring a lot of people in this time of year, and our professional and caring staff makes it a quick and as painless as possible experience for you or your child. Whether you are a first time client or we know you by name, everyone gets treated with the same level of respect because we are passionate about the well-being of Oklahomans. And that’s at every location!

Our newest clinic on SW 104th made location number 5. We are excited about getting to serve the people in SW Oklahoma City. The clinic is between S. Western and S. Penn at 1140 SW 104th. So far, everything is running perfectly and we have a wonderful team of caring experts at 104th ready to help you. Dr. Labahn, our doctor at this location, has been a part of our team for over 2 years and switched to this location so he could lead the team at 104th. We are blessed to have this doctor and we hope you’ll drop in to see him if you live in SW Oklahoma!

One of our locations is in Bethany on 39th and Meridian. So if you live in Woodscape Apartments, we are just across the street and you have probably seen us. If you attend Southern Nazarene University, we are just east of your campus. Please feel free to drop in any time from 8am to 7:30pm, even on weekends! We are open 7 days a week because we know accidents and urgent care needs don’t stop happening just because it’s the weekend.

Speaking of weekends, Oklahoma is bracing itself for colder weather and lots of holidays in the next few months. This means lots of shopping. We see a lot of weekend traffic near our store on Memorial and Penn, and if you’re a shopper, you know Quail Springs Mall, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and many other outlet stores are near that intersection. Our walk-in clinic in this region of Oklahoma City is convenient for you because it’s right in the middle of your weekend shopping. No need to make any extra trips. Stop by for a school physical your child needs before Monday, or get a vaccination out of the way. If you’re a busy mom juggling a ton of schedules, it’s nice when you can find everything in one place, without going out of the way for what you need. The address is to our Memorial location is: 13420 N. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73120.

Lastly, if you live off of I-240 and near S. Walker, we have a convenient location for you in between SW 79th Street and the service road.

So whether your house, apartment, campus, or business location is in Edmond, North OKC, or South OKC, we have an urgent care walk-in clinic near you, your family, and your employees. Even out of state visitors have easy access to quick medical attention right off of I-240. We get people from all walks of life at our clinics and we have the opportunity to showcase Oklahoma’s BIG heart of service. First Med Urgent Care is proud to be an Oklahoma medical clinic.

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Dr. LaBahn: A New Friendly Face At 104th

First Med Urgent Care: Meet the doctor

Dr. LaBahn has moved to our newest location at 1140 SW 104th (Between S. Western and S. Penn). He has been with First Med Urgent Care since June 2011. Dr. LaBahn is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and is also experienced in emergency medicine.

He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. Then he went on to complete medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 2004, and lastly completed his residency in family medicine at Christus Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program in San Antonio, Texas. He has worked in both family and emergency medicine in Fort Polk, LA and OKC.

Dr. LaBahn is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. LaBahn and his wife, who is a pediatrician, live in Norman. They have four children, two of which are adopted and they are in the process of adopting a fifth child. They have five-year-old twin girls, a four-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter. They hope to bring their new son home from China in December or January.
Dr. LaBahn is a dedicated and compassionate physician and First Med is thrilled to have him as part of our family.

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First Med Urgent Care: New Website!

It has been a while since we upgraded our website.  This new site is better suited to today’s technology.  Our new site works much better with mobile devices and social connectivity.  We should now be able to give even better service.  Please come back and check often for News, Events, Free Helpful Downloads and much more.