• Who Should Get a Flu Shot?

    Walk-in clinics begin offering the flu shot before flu season begins. This is the ideal time to get vaccinated, since it takes about two weeks for protective antibodies to build up in your body. During the first two weeks after you get the shot, you aren’t fully protected and may still get the flu. However, even if you’ve waited to get the shot, it’s still beneficial to get vaccinated any time during flu season. 

    Who Should Get the Shot 

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends that everyone age six months and older get a flu shot every season, barring any contraindications. Getting an annual flu shot protects yourself from serious symptoms and complications of the flu, which may become life-threatening. Some flu-related complications include: 

    • Pneumonia 
    • Bronchitis 
    • Dehydration 
    • Ear infections 
    • Sinus infections 
    • Heart problems 
    • Muscle inflammation 

    The flu can also worsen pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, and congestive heart failure. Certain people are more susceptible to flu complications than others, including: 

    • Babies and young children 
    • Elderly individuals 
    • Individuals with chronic medical conditions 
    • Pregnant women 

    Even if you aren’t at a higher risk of life-threatening complications from the flu, and even if you aren’t particularly worried about getting the flu, a flu shot is still a good idea. This is because protecting yourself will protect everyone else with whom you interact from day to day. And some of those individuals might not be able to get the flu shot to protect themselves. 

    Who Should Not Get the Shot 

    Babies who are younger than six months cannot receive the flu shot. This means that every time a baby comes into contact with an unvaccinated person, there is the possibility for flu germs to be transmitted and infect the child. Additionally, the flu shot is contraindicated for people who may have life-threatening allergic reactions to any ingredient in the vaccine. 

    Who Should Talk to a Doctor Before Getting the Shot 

    Talk to your family medicine provider if you’re not sure whether you should get the flu shot or not. For example, if you’re feeling under the weather, you can consult a healthcare provider about whether you should wait to get the shot. You should also consult your doctor if you have Guillain-Barre syndrome, an egg allergy, or an allergy to any of the other ingredients in the vaccine. 

    You can get your annual flu shot at Paramount Urgent Care.. If you do skip the vaccine and come down with the flu in the Orlando area, we’re open seven days per week to help you feel well again. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218. 

  • Headed Home for the Holidays? Beware Flight-Induced Dehydration

    Thanksgiving is nearly here! If you’re traveling home for the holidays, there’s more to worry about than just long lines at airport security. Air travel can affect your wellness. Family medicine doctors warn that flight-induced dehydration will dry out the mucous membranes, making you more susceptible to infections, headache, and constipation. If you consume alcohol on the flight, you might experience more serious effects from dehydration. And if you have a pre-existing medical condition, like asthma, then the dehydrating, low-humidity environment of an airplane might lead you to seek urgent care when you land. 

    Fortunately, it’s easy to fix this problem. Just skip the glass of pinot noir and drink plenty of water instead. If you do consume alcohol, drink an extra eight ounces of water for every glass of alcohol. Staying well-hydrated has another benefit besides combating dehydration: It forces you to get up to walk to the bathroom. And on a plane, periodic movement is crucial for preventing life-threatening blood clots. One last tip before you fly home for the holidays: Ask your doctor if your asthma medication needs to be adjusted while you’re on the plane. 

    Paramount Urgent Care provides asthma treatment in Orlando, along with emergency care for all non-life-threatening medical conditions. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218. 

  • Understanding Migraines

    You might have heard it said that migraines aren’t just another type of headache. But what exactly are they? When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll learn why some migraines are severe enough that patients need to seek urgent care.

    This science expert explains that migraines are a multi-system disorder of the central nervous system. The symptoms of migraines can last for several days. In addition to a severe headache, patients may experience aura, which is characterized by visual disturbances, double vision, and slurred speech. You’ll also learn about the risk factors of migraines and how they’re treated.

    For urgent care for migraines in Orlando, you can turn to the healthcare providers at Paramount Urgent Care. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218.

     

  • Here’s What’s Causing Your Child’s “Barking” Cough

    The immune system of a young child is still developing, which is why kids are highly susceptible to infections. One common illness in young children is croup, which causes a characteristic barking cough. Kids between three months and five years of age are at an increased risk of getting croup. If your child develops a barking cough, an urgent care doctor can help you learn how to comfort your child while the infection clears up. 

    Understanding Croup 

    Croup is an infection of the upper airways. Most often, it’s caused by a virus. That barking cough occurs as a result of the swelling around the vocal cords. Although the coughing sounds alarming, most cases of croup are relatively mild and most children recover in three to five days. 

    Identifying Croup  

    At first, croup will seem like a common cold. If the upper airway becomes inflamed enough, the child can develop a barking cough. He or she may also make a whistling sound when breathing in. This is known as stridor. The barking cough tends to worsen at night. It can also worsen in response to the child’s crying, anxiety, or agitation, so try to keep your child calm. Other symptoms may include a hoarse voice, fever, and labored breathing. 

    Knowing When to Seek Urgent Care 

    Most children with croup don’t require emergency care. However, you should rush your child to the urgent care center right away if you notice these symptoms: 

    • Stridor with both inhalation and exhalation 
    • Drooling or difficulty swallowing 
    • Difficulty breathing 
    • Blue or grayish skin around the fingernails, nose, or mouth 

    Comforting Your Child at Home 

    There are a few things you can do to comfort your child at home while waiting for the infection to run its course. Keep your child hydrated. Children may find frozen popsicles or warm soup soothing to the throat. Encourage your child to rest. If he or she seems to have trouble getting comfortable while lying down, prop the upper body up with pillows. This can make breathing easier. 

    When your child isn’t feeling well, you need pediatric care you can count on. Paramount Urgent Care is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day to serve your family. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. Please visit our website for a location near you ParamountUrgentCare.com or call (352) 674-9218. 

  • Can Chicken Soup Really Help with the Flu?

    The best way to deal with the flu is not to get it at all. A flu shot is the most effective method of prevention, along with washing your hands frequently. If you do get sick, and you’re at a high risk of severe flu complications, you can visit a walk-in clinic to ask about antiviral medications. Otherwise, stay at home, get plenty of rest, and enjoy some steaming hot chicken soup.

    When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear about the science behind the benefits of chicken soup. The hot, steaming broth eases congestion and makes the mucus flow, which aids in the removal of the flu virus from your nasal passages. The broth is also helpful for preventing dehydration, which is more likely to develop in patients with the flu. Plus, the chicken gives your body some protein, which supports your immune system.

    If you’re suffering from severe flu symptoms and live near Orlando, you can put your trust in Paramount Urgent Care. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.