Defend Yourself Against Deer Ticks and Lyme Disease

May 1, 2024

  Just as we were gearing up for an early summer, an unwelcome guest arrived to spoil the fun: ticks! These pesky critters are on the prowl, lurking in the shadows and waiting to latch onto unsuspecting victims. Among them, deer ticks pose a significant threat, particularly in the Northeast, where Lyme disease cases are on the rise. Recognizing the urgency of this issue, AFC Urgent Care Vernon has crafted a comprehensive guide to help you ...

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Recognizing Sexual Health Red Flags: The Importance of Getting Tested for STDs/STIs

April 2, 2024

STDs and STIs are prevalent in our society, with terms often used interchangeably despite their technical differences. These infections can be transmitted through various forms of sexual contact, including vaginal, oral, and anal intercourse. Complicating matters, some infections may remain asymptomatic for extended periods, posing a serious risk of transmission. In recognition of April's STD and STI awareness month, AFC Urgent Care Vernon aims to shed light on these conditions. While we understand the ...

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Top 5 Essential Facts About Your Kidneys: Kidney Awareness Month

February 27, 2024

Let’s dive into the importance of kidney health, exploring topics such as Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), its risks, symptoms, and proactive measures to support kidney well-being in this comprehensive guide by AFC Urgent Care Vernon. Join us as we unravel the complexities of kidney health and provide valuable insights for maintaining a healthy and resilient lifestyle. 1. Your Kidneys: Vital Organ for Health Maintenance Your kidneys play a critical role in keeping you healthy ...

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How Do I know if I have Covid-19 or Strep Throat?

February 1, 2024

Experiencing a sore throat this winter? Before jumping to conclusions, it's crucial to recognize that not every sore throat is related to COVID-19. This season, various winter illnesses are circulating, leading to an influx of patients with sore throats. One common culprit is strep throat, a bacterial infection known for its prevalence in colder months and high contagiousness through sneezing, coughing, or sharing items, especially among children in school environments where germs spread easily ...

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Preventing Norovirus in 2023: Your Comprehensive Guide

January 1, 2024

As the holiday season concludes and the community battles the flu, a new threat emerges—Norovirus, colloquially known as the "stomach flu," makes its presence felt. This acute gastrointestinal viral infection brings symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and occasional stomach cramping, posing a significant health concern. Just like the flu, Norovirus is highly contagious and can strike anyone, spreading from contaminated surfaces to person-to-person contact. While no cure or vaccine exists, AFC Urgent Care ...

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Preventing Christmas Tree Syndrome for a Joyful Holiday Season

December 2, 2023

At AFC Urgent Care Vernon, we understand the importance of a healthy and happy holiday season. Imagine decorating your Christmas tree without the worry of an allergic reaction looming over your festivities. Christmas Tree Syndrome, an allergic response to both real and artificial trees, can dampen your holiday spirit. Don't let it ruin your celebrations; follow our guidelines to ensure a season free from sneezing and sniffles. Understanding Christmas Tree Syndrome: This allergic reaction ...

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Managing Your Blood Sugar for a Healthier You: American Diabetes Month

November 6, 2023

Diabetes is a serious health condition that affects over 30 million Americans, and it comes in different forms. This American Diabetes Month, we want to ensure you are well-informed about diabetes, its types, and how to take charge of your health, especially if you're at risk. AFC Urgent Care Vernon is here to support you by offering regular blood glucose level checks at our center. Three Types of Diabetes There are three primary types ...

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Flu Vs. RSV: Understanding The Differences In 2023

October 1, 2023

As we transition to the winter season, welcoming the crisp air and vibrant foliage, we also encounter unwelcome visitors: the flu and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus). AFC Urgent Care Vernon understands the concerns about running into one of these viruses, including COVID-19 as well. With that being said, AFC Urgent Care Vernon has created a guide on what you need to know about RSV and the flu, including safety and precautionary tips like flu shots ...

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Ready To Go Back To School? Don’t Forget To Get Your Vaccines!

August 14, 2023

During August, as we observe "National Immunization Awareness Month," it's crucial to prioritize our children's health. This is the perfect time to renew immunizations and schedule annual check-ups, preparing our elementary and college students for potential health risks in the upcoming school year. Given that our kids will be exposed to various germs, it's essential to prevent the spread of these germs to immunocompromised family members. Whether your child is heading off ...

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Understanding Swimmer's Ear: A Comprehensive Guide to Prevention and Treatment

July 5, 2023

Join us as we explore the intriguing world of swimmer's ear, medically known as otitis externa. This common infection can put a dampener on your water-filled adventures, whether you're swimming, enjoying a refreshing bath, or working up a sweat. If you’re worried about swimmer’s ear ruining your summer fun, AFC Urgent Care Vernon is here to help guide you on how to avoid it and what to do if you get ...

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