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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.

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The Flu Is Here!

First Med Urgent Care: Flu season

The flu season is upon us. We have already seen patients test positive for it. No need to panic. All 5 of our locations are stocked with ample supply of the vaccine. We are open 8:00am to 7:30pm 7 days a week.

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Flu Death Count in Oklahoma is up to 25

First Med Urgent Care: Flu update

The state Health Department has confirmed that 25 Oklahoman’s have died due to the flu, including two children. Since the end of September 819 people have been hospitalized. Health officials state that there is still time to get a flu shot. Protect yourself and your family aas soon as possible. For more information, see the attached Oklahoman article

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Flu Deaths in Oklahoma

First Med Urgent Care: Deaths in OK

According to a report on Oklahoma City’s News Channel 9, there have five flu related deaths in Oklahoma, in the last week.

Protect yourself and your family; it is not too late to get a flu shot.
http://www.news9.com/story/24407239/five-flu-related-deaths-in-oklahoma-in-the-last-week

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Flu Cases in Oklahoma Double

First Med Urgent Care: Reports on flu cases

According to the State of Oklahoma Health Department, the number of flu cases has doubled in Oklahoma in the week ending, Tuesday, December 31st.

There is still time to get your flu shot. Remember that it takes two weeks for the shot to be fully effective. Stop into any of our clinics, 7 days a week from, 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Oklahoma flu cases double in past week

  • Published: January 2, 2014
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the number of hospitalizations due to the flu have doubled in the past week.

The department announced Thursday that there were 63 hospitalizations due to influenza during the 7-day period that ended Tuesday to bring the total number of hospitalizations since the start of the flu season in October to 126.

The Health Department says there have been no deaths due to the flu thus far this flu season.

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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.

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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.