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First Med Urgent Care lays out the most common fall sicknesses

First Med Urgent Care warns of the most common types of fall sicknesses

It’s starting to get colder outside and that means sicknesses like the flu are rampant. First med urgent care is here to lay out the most common.

Arthritis Pain

Not technically a sickness, but it can cause alot of pain to those who suffer from it. Whenever it gets cold, your body restricts blood flow to your extremities causing pain and stiffness which can be made worse in those who have arthritis or similar diseases. It’s worth noting that arthritis can happen at any age, though it’s more common in older people. If your experiencing chronic joint pain, get to a first med urgent care today and check.

 Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a common illness brought on by shorter, colder days. It’s symptoms include mild depression and problems eating or sleeping. It can also make someone more susceptible to other illnesses. Light therapy and other similar treatments can help mitigate the effects of seasonal affective disorder.

Influenza

The big one. One of the most consistently common illnesses every year. People stay indoors more, helping spread the virus and shockingly, many in the general public are still unaware of the fall flu ramp-up. Of course, the best way to combat the flu is to not get it in the first place. First Med Urgent Care offers flu vaccinations, schedule an appointment today!

Allergies and Asthma

Pollen is on the rise during the fall and that means allergies. Again, not an illness in itself but it can weaken the immune system and lead to other common illnesses like bronchitis. People with Asthma can also experience more frequent and severe asthma attacks due to the increased pollen.

If you feel yourself getting sick, get into a First Med Urgent Care today and see a doctor. Schedule an appointment today at  http://firstmedok.com/contact-us/

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Urgent Care Visits Increase Due To The Flu

First Med Urgent Care Encourages Getting The Flu Shot!

One expert from Bayor College of Medicine, Dr. Robert Atmar, says that while it is always difficult to predict what is going to happen, the previous flu season and current flu activity may indicate a severe flu season from October of 2017 until May of 2018. With that being said, it’s also mentioned that it is important to get vaccinated as soon as possible to fight against influenza. First Med Urgent Care staff would have to agree.

First Med Urgent Care doctors have seen an increase in patients checking in for the flu. Many patients coming in are testing positive for the flu already this season. Our urgent care clinics started pushing early flu shot prevention weeks ago, but we understand that not everyone was quite ready to come in for vaccination at that time. For those of you who have been lucky enough to dodge this illness up to now, it’s not too late to come in for a flu shot!

Our urgent care staff encourages everyone at high risk for influenza (or the flu) to get the vaccine, soon. The categories of high risk persons include:

  • Pregnant women
  • Elderly adults
  • Young children 6 month – 8 years old

If you have specific allergies, such as an allergy to eggs, you’ll need to speak with the urgent care doctor on staff to determine if the flu shot is safe for you. Some flu vaccines contain a small amount of egg protein. Other strands do not contain egg and are approved by the FDA for use in people age 18 and older.

Of course, if you’re already past the point of getting a flu shot, because you’re already suffering from the usual flu symptoms of fever, chills, aches, cough, or sore throat then please don’t hesitate to come in for treatment. We’re still here to help you feel better soon!

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Early Flu Prevention At First Med Urgent Care

First Med Urgent Care Prepared For Flu Season

This year weather in Oklahoma has thrown us all for a loop. It was one of the rainiest summer seasons we’ve seen in a long while, followed by a quick burst of heat for a few short weeks, and then suddenly fall weather slowly began rolling in one morning. By the middle of the day it’s not dreadfully hot and it’s not quite full fledged fall weather either, but these rapid changes have all had one thing in common; they caused people to start getting sick with the flu earlier than usual. Luckily, First Med Urgent Care has prepared for the flu season early, too!

If not caught in time, the flu can wreak havoc on your life and it is a formidable foe to battle with. It’s no fun for anyone to be stuck in bed trying everything to help with a sore throat and feeling like a truck knocked you down. First Med Urgent Care would caution people with already poor immune systems to be extra careful. In addition, pregnant women, young children, and the elderly have a higher risk of catching the flu.

If you feel nauseated, have diarrhea, a fever, or have difficulty breathing these are all more signs of the flu. Please don’t hesitate to get treatment at one of our local urgent care locations if you’ve made it to the later stages of the flu fight, but the best thing to do if you can is prepare ahead of time. Getting the flu shot early is best for preventative measures.

As we mentioned, we’re prepared for you! Our urgent care clinics received our supplies for flu shots earlier this month and we’ve already been helping people prevent the flu from getting them!

If you would like to get your flu shot before the flu gets you, please stop by any of our locations. First Med Urgent Care locations are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention.

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Urgent Care Tips: Avoid Flu This Christmas Season

First Med Urgent Care: How to stay healthy

Influenza (or the the flu) really started hitting hard around October, but now that the weather has cooled off quite a bit more a lot more cases are circulating. Patients that failed to get the flu shot early on may be at greater risk now that the flu infection is becoming more prevalent. While First Med Urgent Care staff are here to care for you if you need us we’d like to provide you with some tips for avoiding the flu this Christmas season.

  • Dress warmly: This might seem too simple, but it works! Since our summer and fall weren’t really all that terrible it makes sense that when it did finally get chilly your body would be more susceptible. To avoid feeling that icy sting, wear plenty of layers to keep warm.
  • Keep your hand clean: People sneezing, coughing, and rubbing their runny noses are everywhere and spreading germs! The best thing you can do is wash your hands as often as possible. If you use the same hand drying towel, consider washing it often, as well. It may be best to use disposable paper towels (and if you’re environmentally conscious recyclable ones are a great option).
  • Eat the right foods: Choose foods with plenty of Vitamin C and Zinc for an immune system booster. Vitamin C can be found in a lot of fruits and vegetables. Zinc can be found in meat, oysters, eggs, seafood, black- eyed peas and wheat germ.
  • Drink plenty of water: Drinking water is vital as it flushes out kidneys washing away any toxins that may have entered the body. It’s one of the easiest ways to keep the flu out.
  • Get plenty of rest: Maintaining a regular sleeping schedule keeps your body happy and relaxed. Doing so helps to avoid stress on the body. When you’re less stressed you can naturally fight off illness more effectively.

Sometimes you just catch the flu too late. It is possible to try everything on the list for prevention and still get sick as your immune system isn’t always stable to begin with. If you get sick, First Med Urgent Care is prepared to help! All 6 of our locations are open 8:00am to 7:30pm, 7 days a week. There is no appointment necessary so you can just drop in whenever you have the time. Of course, checking in before you come can save you some time. You can make use of this handy feature by clicking here.

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The Flu Season Begins Again

First Med Urgent Care Treating The Flu

Every year influenza (flu) statistics are released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health to indicate that society is still greatly impacted by the illness. Hundreds of people are hospitalized and several people have died from the infection. Of course, if someone is already sick with it they can spread the flu to others even before they feel sick. Do you have the flu?

Here are some symptoms that are common signs you have this infection:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

While some people do get very serious symptoms that need treatment, others may experience only mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick and have mild symptoms you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. If you’re not certain about the severity of your illness, please feel free to come in and get tested. It’s better to be safe, after all.

First Med Urgent Care has already seen patients test positive for the flu this year. It can happen any time of the year, but the fall and winter months tend to be the worst. As always, the best way to avoid all of this is to be proactive in getting your flu shots. No one wants to be part of the statistics of 2016! Don’t wait for the attack of the flu season to get to you. Protect you and your family members, today.

First Med Urgent Care is prepared to help the public protect against the flu with immunizations. All 6 of our locations are stocked with ample supply of the vaccine. We are open 8:00am to 7:30pm, 7 days a week. There is no appointment necessary so you can just drop in whenever you have the time.

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There’s Still Time To Visit Our Urgent Care For Flu Shots

Urgent Care: Round two of the flu

*DING, DING*

It’s as if it’s a boxing match and it’s round two for Influenza (or the flu) with Christmas break now over, the new year beginning and school back in session. The flu is a strong enemy to battle and it is still in its peak season. If you haven’t caught the flu, it doesn’t mean you won’t. The flu isn’t backing down any time soon, but the good news is that it isn’t too late to visit one of our urgent care clinics (click here for locations) to get your flu shot.

People who are more susceptible to getting the flu include:

  • People who have compromised immune systems, already.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Young children between ages 6 months to 4 years old.
  • People over the age of 65.

If you think you already have the flu, timely detection is important for optimal treatment. The onset of the flu is generally very sudden and you will notice symptoms such as muscle aches, soreness, fever and extreme fatigue. If you have all of these symptoms and your body temperature is above 101 degrees, it is a pretty good indication that you have the flu.

The flu is capable of knocking you off of your feet! Other symptoms can include nausea, possible diarrhea and possible difficulty breathing. These are symptoms you should take seriously. It’s better to see an urgent care doctor sooner rather than later.

First Med Urgent Care has the staff to treat you. First Med is for non-emergency medical problems such as the flu, sore throats, ear infections, minor burns, cuts and scrapes, and minor injuries. We are a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention.

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Urgent Care News: The Attack Of Flu Season

First Med Urgent Care: Protecting Families

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Urgent Care Reports: The Common Cold Vs. The Flu

First Med Urgent Care: Cold & Flu symptoms

At First Med Urgent Care, we specialize in treating a wide scope of illnesses and minor injuries. One of the illnesses we are continuously treating at this time is the flu. Believe it or not, March is still a month when the flu bug is still going around. There are some times when patients visit the urgent care and we have found that they cannot tell the difference between their common cold symptoms and the flu. So, when you awaken one morning and find that you can’t stop sneezing and coughing, how do you judge if you have the common cold or the flu?

If you are one of the patients who doesn’t know the difference between the symptoms, then you aren’t alone. According to WebMD, it is common for patients to mistake the two, because sometimes the symptoms seem impossible to tell apart. Of course, you can visit our urgent care facility for either one, but we want you to know some of the most common symptoms you may have for both the flu and the common cold.

Our urgent care tip #1- Common cold symptoms:

Cold symptoms usually begin with a sore throat and this can last a few days. A lot of patients will have nasal symptoms, a runny nose, and congestion in the beginning stages of a common cold. By around day 4 or 5 a cough can develop. Furthermore, a heavy fever is uncommon in adults, but there is still a possibility for a very slight fever. There is no surprise that children are more susceptible to having a fever with a cold. As a warning, we will tell you that during the first three days that you have cold symptoms, you are contagious! So be careful around the other members of your household, try not to touch your face too much and wash your hands thoroughly.

Our urgent care tip #2- Common flu symptoms:

The flu tends to come on more suddenly and patients will, generally, feel much worse than when they have a cold. If you have that achy feeling, like you’ve been hit by a truck, then chances are that you probably have the flu. Patients will often look and feel very sick, feel weak, have a high fever, and be extremely fatigued when they have the flu. Additionally, many people have been known to get a “dry” cough. Much like the common cold, the flu can be spread easily through contact with the nose, eyes or mouth. This is why it is so important to attempt to keep your hands germ free.

We hope that this information has helped put the difference between the flu and the common cold into perspective. If you feel you need treatment for either illness, please do not hesitate to visit First Med Urgent Care.

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Serious Flu Symptoms: Does Your Child Need To Visit An Urgent Care?

First Med Urgent Care: Information about flu

The staff at First Med Urgent Care want to keep you informed about serious flu symptoms that should result in your child staying home from school. With the flu season still in full swing, your parental senses might be on overdrive causing you to react to every cough or sneeze your child has. Not every cough or sneeze is enough to be seriously contagious. With the flu illness going around strongly this season, it is important to stay alert and keep an eye out for any symptoms that could develop into something stronger. According to Dr. Robert Key, in an article published on Health.com, children below the age of eight are more likely to be unequipped to fight the viruses that go around at school, resulting often in colds and illnesses.

The serious flu symptoms are reasons that kids should stay home from school and visit an urgent care for treatment. These are as follows:

1.) Throwing up two or more times during a 24-hour period (or not being able to keep normal foods or drinks down).
2.) A fever of 101 Fahrenheit or higher.
3.) Severe coughing or trouble breathing.
4.) Repeated severe diarrhea for at least a day.
5.) Stomach pains that last for more than two hours.
6.) Runny or stuffy nose.
7.) An unexplained skin rash or red eye.
8.) Fatigue (overly tired).

If your child shows any of these symptoms, it is important to get them into an urgent care to see a doctor. First Med Urgent Care has five different locations and our hours of operation are 8:00am to 7:30pm. We’re open seven days a week to treat your children and if you happen to find yourself developing any of these flu symptoms, we can take care of you as well.

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Vaccinations: Your Defense Against The Flu Virus

First Med Urgent Care: Battle the flu

This winter has been brutal at times and many patients have visited our urgent care facility because of the flu. The flu vaccination is important for getting people through the cold winter. Unfortunately, we are still in the winter season and the peak of flu season isn’t over yet. A lot of people can avoid the misery of dealing with the flu, if they receive flu vaccinations. It is no doubt that the best way to defend against the viruses associated with illnesses such as the flu, is to get vaccinated.

Research at the online source, Mayo Clinic, explains that doctors have discovered exposing the body to a bacteria or virus that is damaged or inactivated through special lab procedures allows the body to scan it, analyze it and develop protection against it without developing an infection. This is how vaccines have been invented and they have saved millions of lives over the years. Our urgent care staff is prepared to administer the vaccination to adults and children.

How do the vaccinations work? Vaccinations find and neutralize specific bacteria and viruses. When your body is exposed to a disease-causing bacteria or a virus that it has never encountered before, you become ill. Thanks to the power of vaccinations, your body is equipped with the proper defense mechanisms to fight off the viruses. Individuals who refuse to receive the vaccine and are not properly treated for an infection may be a source of contamination for people who have not been vaccinated yet. Vaccinations are most effective in preventing diseases when everyone in the home gets them.

The best way to avoid getting the flu in the first place is to be proactive and get your flu shot ahead of time. The best thing to do for your family is to get a flu shot every year. If you haven’t been sick with the flu this winter season, but you also haven’t received a flu shot, then you still have time. Come visit our urgent care to get your flu vaccination.