Children are actually common carriers of the flu virus and they spread it quickly and often. Because kids will be kids, hygiene practices (such as washing their hands, or coughing and sneezing on each other), are often back- burnered, and so the flu spreads rapidly among kids, especially in settings such as schools and after school activities. […]
Your child is going off to college- a time of independence, a time of discovery, a time of realizing what the world has to offer. Yet along with these wonderful opportunities, comes an abundance of risks. Your college bound young adult will soon be experiencing a whole new level of exposure to a flood of […]
With food on the grill, laughter in the air and children eagerly waiting for fireworks, it can only mean one thing- it’s the fourth of July. A holiday dear to our hearts, everyone is excited to celebrate while watching fireworks. However, before beginning to celebrate, it is important that you’re informed on fireworks safety….because unfortunately, […]
It is National Kidney Awareness Month, so we thought it a good time to explore Urinary Tract Infections, or a UTI. What is a UTI? Urinary tract infections are bacterial infections in the urinary system. They are somewhat common, and usually do not not amount to anything serious if treated early, although left untreated, […]
As we (finally) start to near the end of cold and flu season, many people will develop lingering chest congestion, and a cough. Coughing is our body’s way of trying to clear its airways. Some common causes of coughing include allergies, asthma, acid re-flux, dry air, and smoking. Coughing is a natural occurrence and is rarely the sign of anything […]
When it comes to bronchitis and pneumonia, the symptoms of both can sometimes seem interchangeable, and can in turn become very confusing. When faced with a serious upper respiratory illness it is important to get medical attention as soon as possible, as often times if not treated bronchitis can lead to pneumonia. So when do […]
Throughout the years, as flu strains mutate and change, there there have been many different flu vaccines available to combat the different strains of influenza. You may be wondering which of these vaccines is the right choice for you. It can be confusing, but here at AFC Urgent Care Vernon we’re going to help you […]
Since school sports are starting back up, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of extensive head trauma and concussions. You can help your young athlete prevent lasting damage.
With more and more media coverage surrounding concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) due to increasing awareness of professional football players lawsuits against the NFL, safety […]
There once was a time when you or someone you knew fell ill and was unable to make an immediate appointment with their doctor, and the only resource for immediate care was the emergency room. That emergency room visit often lasted a few too many painful hours waiting to be seen. These days we have […]
This time of the year, mosquitoes are a very real threat. Not only are they an annoyance, but they may possibly carry the West Nile Virus. 4 Connecticut towns have recently tested positive for WNV carrying mosquitoes.
If you are spending time outdoors between dusk and dawn, there is a large chance you are being […]