Why Do We Need American Diabetes Month?

November 7, 2022

Why Do We Need American Diabetes Month?

November is American Diabetes Month. Why do we need a month to acknowledge it?  Because the disease is one of the most prevalent in the U.S. and the numbers of people with Type 1, Type 2 and Pre-Diabetic are staggeringly high and climbing each year.    Did you know:  Prevalence: In 2019, 37.3 million Americans, or 11.3% of the population, had diabetes. Nearly 1.9 million Americans have type 1 diabetes, including about ...

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Flu, COVID-19, and now Monkeypox?

October 12, 2022

Flu, COVID-19, and now Monkeypox?

September and October are considered, to most people, as annual flu shot months. For some, it’s also time for their COVID-19 booster shot. For those eligible,  the CDC states that one can get both their booster shot (or 1st time shot) and a flu vaccine at the same time. Now is the time to start getting these vaccines as it can take 14 days for the vaccines to build immunity.  At the same time ...

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Angry Bee Season: What To Do If You Get Stung By A Bee

September 8, 2022

Angry Bee Season: What To Do If You Get Stung By A Bee

Angry bee season is right around the corner! As summer is coming to an end and fall approaches, bees and wasps become aggressive and are more likely to sting people if provoked. Yellow jackets are most angry and seek revenge since they are close to the end of their life cycle and approaching death. Bee stings are painful and potentially fatal if you’re allergic. Fortunately, there are a couple of things you can do ...

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Add School Physicals To Your Back To School Checklist!

July 27, 2022

Add School Physicals To Your Back To School Checklist!

Come August, your child is going to be needing their annual physical to prepare for a new school year. It’s the most important physical of the year and it covers a whole lot more than a sports physical or check up. If you got your child a sports physical for summer camp or summer sports, this does not mean you can skip the back to school physical. Annual school physicals are more comprehensive and ...

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Tips On How To Stay Sun Safe While Avoiding Heat Exhaustion and Sunstroke This Summer

June 30, 2022

Tips On How To Stay Sun Safe While Avoiding Heat Exhaustion and Sunstroke This Summer

The sun is a beautiful thing. It makes us feel happy and relaxed, but it can also cause some serious damage to our skin. It's important to know the risks that come with spending too much time in the sun, especially during UV Safety Awareness Month. If you're worried about getting burned or even worse—getting sun sick (heat exhaustion or heatstroke) because of your love of all things outdoors—AFC Urgent Care ...

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Men’s Health Month Starts With Preventative Care: Men’s Health Issues Can Be Prevented

June 1, 2022

Men’s Health Month Starts With Preventative Care: Men’s Health Issues Can Be Prevented

Men's health issues are important and they need to be talked about more often. Some of the most common men's health issues include heart disease, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer. These are all serious diseases that millions of men die from every year.  Since men are notorious for skipping their doctor’s appointments, we highly suggest getting a checkup more regularly so that these health issues can be avoided with early detection and ...

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Deer Tick Bites And Lyme Disease: A Pesky Situation

May 6, 2022

Deer Tick Bites And Lyme Disease: A Pesky Situation

Deer ticks have been a growing concern in the Northeast for years and it has become a pesky situation for many of us trying to enjoy the outdoors. Spring and summer time are the peak times for ticks and because Massachusetts has a lot of woodlands, it makes it the perfect habitat for deer ticks to populate, latch onto you, and just be a pest.  Lyme disease is no joke. If left untreated it may ...

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Get Yourself Tested For STDs and STIs: Know Your Results!

April 1, 2022

Get Yourself Tested For STDs and STIs: Know Your Results!

Are you concerned about STDs? If so, you’re not alone. STDs or “sexually transmitted diseases” and STIs “sexually transmitted infections” is that awkward topic that people avoid talking about because of misinformation and the fear of judgement.  Fear not. We’re more than happy to provide the space, privacy and information needed to address your concerns and most common questions about STDs/STIs. After all, knowing your status through STD testing is the only ...

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Spring Is In The Air And So Is Pollen! Spring Allergy Season Begins Early

March 14, 2022

Spring Is In The Air And So Is Pollen! Spring Allergy Season Begins Early

Spring is in the air and so is pollen! March 20th is technically the beginning of spring, even if the ground is still covered in ice and snow. With the sporadic climate changes we are seeing, spring allergy season is starting early this year. If you often suffer from seasonal allergies, you would be one of the first to  know that spring season comes with itchy eyes, watery eyes, sneezing, and a runny nose. The ...

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Scratchy Throat? Watch Out For Strep Throat This Winter Season

January 31, 2022

Scratchy Throat? Watch Out For Strep Throat This Winter Season

“We’re seeing more patients than ever at our urgent-care centers who are reporting sore throats,” says Dr. Vincent Meoli, regional medical director of AFC in a recent interview.  With the Omicron variant making its way around Massachusetts you’re probably wondering if that’s the reason for your ‘sore throat’. However, it’s not not the only winter illness going around this season. We’re still seeing patients come in for colds, flu, and ...

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