• 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.

  • Busting Myths About the Flu Shot

    Influenza is one of the most common and most underestimated illnesses. Millions of people around the world contract the flu each year, and thousands of them die from it. The flu is especially dangerous for young children, seniors, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as those that suppress the immune system. The flu shot is an easy, effective way to keep your family healthy and out of urgent care this season. A medical provider will be happy to discuss any concerns you might have about this injection.

    Myth: Flu shots aren’t safe for pregnant women.

    Actually, expecting mothers are strongly urged to get an annual flu shot as soon as it’s available, as pregnancy is a risk factor for severe flu symptoms and related complications. Pregnant women who contract this illness are more likely to require hospitalization. The shot is safe for use during any trimester, and getting it during pregnancy gives the baby important antibodies to protect him or her during the vulnerable early months of life. Public health experts also recommend the flu shot for women who have given birth recently, as they continue to be at a high risk of severe symptoms for two weeks after childbirth.

    Myth: I don’t need a flu shot if I’m not a child or a senior.

    If you aren’t at a high risk of severe symptoms and life-threatening complications, you might naturally begin to wonder if you really need the shot. The truth is that the shot is important for everyone, even for those who are at an average risk. Even if you don’t require hospitalization for this illness, it still causes very unpleasant symptoms, keeps you out of work or school for a week or longer, and puts your loved ones at risk of contracting it.

    Myth: Flu shots aren’t very effective.

    All vaccines given in the U.S. undergo rigorous testing to ensure safety and effectiveness. However, it’s still possible for patients to become ill despite getting a flu shot for the following reasons:

    • The patient becomes ill with a virus that isn’t influenza.
    • The patient contracts the flu within the two-week, post-injection waiting period that’s necessary for the body to produce the protective antibodies.
    • The patient becomes ill with a different strain of flu other than the ones included in the flu vaccine.

    No appointment is needed to get your low-cost or free (for Medicare patients) flu shot at Paramount Urgent Care. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com. If you do develop an upper respiratory infection and live near Orlando, you can rely on our urgent care providers to help you feel well again.

  • Is It a Cold or the Flu?

    During the colder months, it’s common for individuals suffering from cold and flu symptoms to visit urgent care centers for treatment. However, it can be hard to differentiate these 2 illnesses. Continue reading to learn how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu.

    A Look at Colds and the Flu

    The common cold and the flu can seem very alike because they are both respiratory illnesses that can have similar symptoms. However, they are caused by 2 different viruses, and the symptoms of the flu tend to be more severe than those of a cold, as well as easier to identify. Generally, catching a cold doesn’t put people in the hospital or result in major health issues like bacterial infections or pneumonia. The flu, on the other hand, can lead to serious complications in some individuals that can include sinus infections, pneumonia, organ failure, and encephalitis.

    The Symptoms of Colds and the Flu

    People who have a cold usually suffer from a sore throat for a couple of days, and a having a fever is possible. They also experience congestion, a runny nose, and a cough. Flu symptoms are normally more severe and come on quickly. These symptoms can include congestion, cough, fever, headache, sore throat, chills, fatigue, and muscle pain.

    The Differences Between Colds and the Flu

    Knowing the symptoms of these 2 illnesses isn’t always enough to identify a cold or the flu. Because their symptoms are often similar, differentiating between the 2 may require a special test. Whether you have a cold or the flu or you’re unsure, see a doctor if you have chest pain, trouble breathing, an inability to keep anything down, painful swallowing, or a persistent fever, cough, or headache.

    At Paramount Urgent Care, we offer flu shots and emergency care at our walk-in clinics in Orlando, Lady Lake, Clermont, and Oviedo. To learn more about our services, please call us today at (407) 226-1906.

  • Why the Flu Nasal Mist Is No Longer Available?

    Much to the chagrin of kids and adults who don’t like needles, the flu nasal mist will no longer be available. Why is an injection from your walk-in clinic the best way to go, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Watch this video to find out.

    The nasal mist, while initially effective when it was introduced, no longer provides adequate protection from the flu virus. Although experts are not sure why, it was only 3% effective in preventing flu in kids last year, so family medicine and pediatric specialists will now only be providing flu injections.

    Although kids and parents alike may dread the needle, a quick shot is much safer than flu complications. Get your flu shot in Orlando at Paramount Urgent Care, or visit one of our three other locations in Oviedo, Lady Lake, and Clermont. You can learn more about our walk-in clinic by calling (407) 226-1906.