Doctors Immediate Care is pleased to provide comprehensive travel medicine to our patients who travel internationally. Immunization and medication prescriptions are available on-site. The services are rendered based on CDC recommendations, individual health status and travel circumstances.
Make copies of your passport, air tickets, all credit cards you take with you, and any other documents to facilitate reporting a loss and replacing them. If you are planning on traveling outside the country, there are many things you need to prepare in addition to Passports and visas. You would also need to get vaccinated as it’s required by most countries before you travel.
What types of travel vaccines are there?
Travel vaccines are divided into three categories: routine, recommended, and required. Requirements for each country are different. Plus, there are different schedules for adults and children. The physicians at Doctors Immediate Care can advise you as to which ones you should have. It’s important to remember that most vaccines take time to become effective in your body and some vaccines must be given in a series over a period of days or sometimes weeks. A traveler who is not vaccinated is at risk for infection.
You may need additional vaccines if you are travelling outside the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information to assist travelers and their healthcare providers in deciding which vaccines, medications, and other measures are necessary to prevent illness and injury during international travel.Visit CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/travel or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
What is a sore throat?
A sore throat is pain, scratchiness or irritation of the throat that often worsens when you swallow. The most common cause of a sore throat (pharyngitis) is a viral infection, such as a cold or the flu. A sore throat caused by a virus resolves on its own.
Strep throat (streptococcal infection), a less common type of sore throat caused by bacteria, requires treatment with antibiotics to prevent complications. Other less common causes of sore throat might require more complex treatment.
What are the symptoms of a sore throat?
Symptoms of a sore throat can vary depending on the cause. Signs and symptoms might include:
Pain or a scratchy sensation in the throat
Pain that worsens with swallowing or talking
Sore, swollen glands in your neck or jaw
Swollen, red tonsils
White patches or pus on your tonsils
Hoarse or muffled voice
Viral pharyngitis often goes away in five to seven days. If you have bacterial pharyngitis, you will feel better after you have taken antibiotics for two to three days. You must take your antibiotic even when you are feeling better. If you don’t take all of it, your sore throat could come back.
Yes, pharyngitis (viral and bacterial) is contagious and can be transmitted from one person to another. Usually, mucus, nasal discharge and saliva can contain the viruses and/or bacteria that can cause sore throat . Consequently, even kissing can cause transfer of these organisms.
Signs and symptoms of strep throat can include: Throat pain that usually comes on quickly. Painful swallowing. Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus.
In most cases, your sore throat will improve with at-home treatment. However, it’s time to see your doctor if a severe sore throat and a fever over 101 degrees lasts longer than one to two days; you have difficulty sleeping because your throat is blocked by swollen tonsils or adenoids; or a red rash appears.
How to Select a Pediatrician
If it’s been 28 weeks into pregnancy, now is the time for you to find a pediatrician who can help you with taking care of your baby. Having a doctor whom you trust is important since you might need the assistance from time to time for your newborn. In the article below, we look at how to find the right Pediatrician.
The best time to start looking for a pediatrician is between 28 and 34 weeks into your pregnancy when you likely know what you want and have at least a few weeks to do your homework. The process may seem daunting, but realize you’re not trying to find the Best Pediatrician in the World — you’re looking for the best one for your child and one who has personal connection with you.
One person’s pick is sometimes another’s pan, which is why you should collect at least three if not half a dozen names from friends and coworkers. (If you’re short on names, try the American Academy of Pediatrics’ referral site at aap.org/referral.) Call your insurance company about any doctor you’re interested in but don’t see on the list — provider lists change frequently, and the pediatrician may have been added recently.
Next, scout out the location of the pediatrician’s office. Given how often you’ll be schlepping there, you’ll want a short commute. The day that my then 8-month-old daughter suddenly developed a weird body rash, I loved that I was able to call, drive to the office, and be in an exam room within 20 minutes. Also look into which hospitals your candidates are affiliated with; you’ll want one that’s both convenient and reputable. Know more…
Once you decide which pediatrician to have, the next step is to look at the questions that you should ask.
Expecting a New Baby? Top Questions to Ask Potential Pediatricians
It comes down to visiting and interviewing potential pediatricians for a meet and greet. But if you’re a first-time mom or perhaps find yourself starting a new search, you might not know the right questions to ask or where to even begin.
Don’t worry—I’ve got you covered. I wanted to make sure my son’s (and later, my twins’) doctor was someone we all felt comfortable with, and someone my kids could preferably go back to for years to come.
I’ll share a few factors you might want to consider when whittling down your choices, and resources to start your search. Find the rest of the questions here…
We hope that you have selected the right pediatrician for your newborn. Do make sure that you look for a Pediatrician near me, so that commuting is not a pain.
Body aches, pains, soreness, and tenderness can affect one, two, or many parts of the body. It also may feel like your entire body is painful or tender to the touch.
Body aches and pains can persistently affect one area only, can shift and affect another area or areas, and can migrate all over and affect many areas over and over again.
Hyperstimulation can cause the body’s muscles to remain tight even though the immediate threat has passed. Headaches, muscle pain, muscle tension, tight muscles, body aches and pains, and stiffness are all common symptoms of stress-response hyperstimulation. This can also be a cause of persistent body aches and pains.
Chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition that causes you to feel exhausted and weak, no matter how much rest or sleep you get. It often causes insomnia. Because your body doesn’t feel rested or replenished, CFS can also cause aches in the muscles and joints throughout your body.
The most common causes of muscle pain are tension, stress, overuse and minor injuries. Systemic muscle pain or pain throughout your whole body is more often the result of an infection, an illness or a side effect of a medication. Common causes of muscle pain include: Chronic exertional compartment syndrome.
What is a fever?
A fever is a temporary increase in your body temperature, often due to an illness. Having a fever is a sign that something out of the ordinary is going on in your body.
For an adult, a fever may be uncomfortable, but usually isn’t a cause for concern unless it reaches 103 F (39.4 C) or higher. For infants and toddlers, a slightly elevated temperature may indicate a serious infection.
Fevers generally go away within a few days. A number of over-the-counter medications lower a fever, but sometimes it’s better left untreated. Fever seems to play a key role in helping your body fight off a number of infections.
In response to an infection, illness, or some other cause, the hypothalamus may reset the body to a higher temperature. Although the most common causes of fever are common infections such as colds and gastroenteritis, other causes include: Infections of the ear, lung, skin, throat, bladder, or kidney.
Depending on what’s causing your fever, additional fever signs and symptoms may include:
– Chills and shivering.
– Muscle aches.
– Loss of appetite.
– General weakness.
No matter the illness, keep your child home if she has a fever. It may seem harmless enough, but assume any fever is a symptom of a contagious condition. Viruses that cause fevers are contagious as long as the fever is above a 100.4 degrees F.
The type of infection causing the fever usually determines how often the fever recurs and how long the fever lasts. Fevers due to viruses can last for as little as two to three days and sometime as long as two weeks. A fever caused by a bacterial infection may continue until the child is treated with an antibiotic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends staying home for 24 hours after a fever and other flu-like symptoms (chills, sweating, flushed skin) have cleared up.
1. If the temperature is 103 F (39.4 C) or greater (fever is too high)
2. If the fever lasts more than seven days.
3. If the fever symptoms get worse (concern if fever is increasing toward 39.4 C)
Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine
It’s that time of the year when you have to protect yourself from diseases. Flu season is starting from October and will be there till May. Hence, it is important that your immunity is high. Flu shots not only protect you from viruses, but they also increase your immunity levels. We take a closer look at why people should get vaccinated and how they work in the following paragraphs.
Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children. Read more here…
There are several circulating myths about flu shots and many people around the world still believe these myths, thus refusing to get vaccinated. In this video, UCLA shares with us some myths and facts about flu shots.
Now that you know you have to get a flu shot, the next step is to find the nearest center where you can take one. Below, Sara Chodosh shows us how to find one.
Still, need a flu shot? Here’s how to find one near you
The CDC works in conjunction with an organization called HealthMap to run Vaccine Finder, a website that tells you can get any type of vaccine near your provided zip code or address. You can even search specifically for certain types of flu shot, like the cell-based (the one people with egg allergies used to get, though it turns out they can get the normal shot too) or high-dose versions, if you want or need one in particular.
It also lists how much the vaccine will cost you if it costs anything at all. This will largely depend on what your insurance covers, so if there’s no price listed online that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily free, just that some clinics have listed their charges up front. Most pharmacies list their prices online, or you can call to check. Many are totally free, especially if you have Medicaid. Find more information by clicking here…
Find the nearest flu shot center and get your vaccine. The flu season has started and it’s about time you get your dose.
Are you experiencing the symptoms of diabetes, or have you been diagnosis and in need of a doctor’s care? The physicians at Doctors Immediate Care can help. Call your local office to make an appointment.
What is the goal of treatment?
The major goal in treating diabetes is to minimize any elevation of blood sugar (glucose) without causing abnormally low levels of blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin, exercise, and a diabetic diet. Type 2 diabetes is treated first with weight reduction, a diabetic diet, and exercise. When these measures fail to control the elevated blood sugars, oral medications are used. If oral medications are still insufficient, treatment with insulin is considered.
Adherence to a diabetic diet is an important aspect of controlling elevated blood sugar in patients with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has provided guidelines for a diabetic diet. The ADA diet is a balanced, nutritious diet that is low in fat, cholesterol, and simple sugars. The total daily calories are evenly divided into three meals. In the past two years, the ADA has lifted the absolute ban on simple sugars. Small amounts of simple sugars are allowed when consumed with a complex meal.
Weight reduction and exercise are important treatments for diabetes. Weight reduction and exercise increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin, thus helping to control blood sugar elevations.
Popular medications for type 2 diabetes are designed to:
•Increase the sensitivity (response) of cells to insulin,
•Increase the insulin output by the pancreas,
•Decrease the amount of glucose released from the liver,
•Decrease the absorption of carbohydrates from the intestine,
•Slow emptying of the stomach to delay the presentation of carbohydrates for digestion and absorption in the small intestine.
The Popular Therapy for type 2 diabetes, consideration should be given to:
•The magnitude of change in blood sugar control that each medication will provide
•Other coexisting medical conditions (high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.)
•Adverse effects of the therapy
•Contraindications to therapy
•Issues that may affect compliance (timing of medication, frequency of dosing); and
•Cost to the patient and the healthcare system.
It’s important to remember that if a drug can provide more than one benefit such as lowering blood sugar and have a beneficial effect on cholesterol it should be preferred. It’s also important to bear in mind that the cost of drug therapy is relatively small compared to the cost of managing the long-term complications associated with poorly controlled diabetes.
Varying combinations of medications also are used to correct abnormally elevated levels of blood glucose in diabetes. As the list of medications continues to expand, treatment options for type 2 diabetes can be better tailored to meet an individual needs. Not every patient with type 2 diabetes will benefit from every drug, and not every drug is suitable for each patient. Patients with type 2 diabetes should work closely with their physicians to achieve goals that provides the greatest benefits while minimizing risks.
Patients with diabetes should never forget the importance of diet and exercise. The control of diabetes starts with a healthy lifestyle regardless of what medications are being used.
Poor health can significantly affect your life. Improve your life by creating good health habits. Call your local office to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors for evaluation and testing.
What You Need to Know About
The importance of immunizations and also the need for improving national immunization coverage levels and encourages all people to protect their health by being vaccinated against infectious diseases.
- 1 child dies every 20 seconds from vaccine-preventable diseases.
- 1 in 5 child deaths are caused by pneumonia.
- Every year, 1.7 million children die from preventable diseases like rubella, mumps, tetanus, etc, because of no access to life-saving vaccines.
- 380,000 deaths per year caused by haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), which can cause meningitis and pneumonia.
- Vaccines boost the body’s own immune defense system by creating an immunity that protects the individual from infection.
- Vaccines contain a little bit of a disease germ that is weak or dead, introduced into the body to make antibodies to fight the source of the same kind that are responsible for the disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Immunizations are one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th century.
Immunizations protect the people from Vaccine-preventable diseases, including hepatitis B, measles, Influenza, Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis, Pneumococcal, chickenpox, Human papillomavirus (HPV), etc.,. The main goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations.
Immunizations continue to change and new vaccines are released each year, required for everyone irrespective of the age or occupation, needed throughout life in order to stay healthy. One need to assess the benefits and risks involved while considering immunization. It is advisable to consult the doctor.
Who Needs Vaccines?
Generally vaccines are recommended for infants, children, seniors, people with disabilities, pregnant woman, people suffering from health concerns, etc,.
Types of Vaccines
- Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenza type B. These diseases can kill or disable large numbers of children.
- Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is a virus that affects the liver.
- Human Papillomavirus – HPV
- Measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox)
- Meningococcal disease
- Pneumococcal disease
How to get Vaccine?
There are two types of vaccine: 1. Flu shot 2. Nasal Spray
Flu shot is made with inactivated or killed flu virus that is injected into the body of person who is suffering from flu. Some of the common side effects one can experience include headache, soreness, and fever. Generally this process of injecting is approved for healthy persons older than 6 months, Asthma Patients, Diabetic Patients and Chronic lung disease Patients
Nasal Spray is made with weakened live flu virus and given with a mist sprayed in noise and generally approved for all healthy people between the ages of 2 and 49, but not for pregnant women.
When to Vaccinate?
One gets the flu shot or spray shortly after its available each year. Early Immunization is recommended for most effective results. Being not vaccinated increases the chance of spreading the disease to others in family and neighbors.
Where to Get Vaccine?
The physicians at Doctors Immediate Care have a tremendous experience of delivering quick and efficient Professional Health Care at a reasonable price can make sure you’ve had all the vaccinations you need.
You can also directly walk-in into our clinics with out any appointment.
7 Questions When Choosing an Urgent Care
It’s time to go to Urgent Care when your regular doctor is not available. Urgent care centers treat those injuries which are serious enough but do not fall under the purview of an emergency department. In the article below, we try to answer questions related to Immediate Care.
With over 7,000 urgent care centers across the U.S., it goes without saying that the urgent care market is booming. And it’s easy to see the appeal. As health care costs continue to rise, urgent care facilities provide an attractive alternative to the high price tags and long waits at emergency rooms.
In our Northern Colorado stomping grounds, the exponentially rising population is only adding fuel to the already roaring urgent care industry – spurring the development of more urgent care and related facilities that range from hospital-affiliated and independent urgent care centers to retail clinics and freestanding ERs.
(Fun fact: the Front Range now has 50 freestanding ER departments, the third largest number of these facilities in the nation.)
With this overwhelming proliferation of options in our area, it can be difficult and downright confusing for patients to know where to go for fast, convenient, and affordable urgent care services. More info here… Now you know the questions which you should ask.
The next question to answer is: “Under which circumstances should you visit Urgent Care?” Let’s look at the same in detail below.
Reasons To Visit Urgent Care
Working to feel your best every day is just one thing you’ll want to do. The key to making this possible is by addressing certain medical conditions as these arise. It’s ideal to visit an urgent care in your area if you have a health emergency so you can get immediate attention. Being aware of some common reasons to do so may be helpful.
Suddenly not being able to hear as well as you once did may create a great deal of anxiety for you. This could be due to many factors, but it’s possible you may need to have the wax removed from your ear canal.
Seeing a professional to get this done is one of the things an urgent care provider can do, and you may leave hearing and feeling a lot better once you do so. Read more here…
Choosing to go to an Urgent Care facility instead of the Emergency Room has its perks. However, you have to be careful in assessing whether your illness or injury really requires Urgent Care attention or if it is life-threatening.
Here are some things that people who visit Urgent Care clinics enjoy:
Shorter wait times
Wait times at most urgent care clinics average between 10-35 minutes, with many having less than a 15- to 20-minute wait time. This is significant. According to Pro Publica, the average length of time that people in the US spend in the emergency department—from when they get to the ER to discharge/admissions—is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Many urgent care locations also offer online check-in and calling ahead, much like making an appointment with a primary care physician the day of. Where once people would bear through a flu to avoid long wait times, meaning staying sicker longer and missing more work, the convenience of urgent cares have made this unnecessary.
There is a significant difference between costs for outpatient care at urgent cares vs. emergency departments at hospitals. In fact, ER hospital visits are 4x more expensive than most urgent care treatments for non-life threatening illnesses. See full article here…
Knowing about Urgent Care clinics and the benefits of going there instead of the Emergency Room can make a lot of difference when it comes to expenses and the waiting time that you have to allocate in order to get treated. However, it is important to stress that lowering possible costs should not be at the expense of the person’s health. Remember: assess the situation wisely!