RSV: What It Is, Symptoms, Testing and More

December 3, 2022

RSV: What It Is, Symptoms, Testing and More

RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial Virus and this year it is the most common cause of a virus that leads to breathing problems in children. It causes “flu” like symptoms and can potentially be severe among babies from 0 to 12 months. RSV is just as contagious as the flu or COVID and easily spread person to person through droplets from sneezing or coughing – which means any caregiver can easily pass it on to an ...

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American Diabetes Month: How to Take Control of Your Blood Sugar Levels and Your Health

November 7, 2022

American Diabetes Month: How to Take Control of Your Blood Sugar Levels and Your Health

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects more than 30 million people in the United States. It has multiple types, and there are warning signs, risk factors and symptoms. But most importantly, there are ways to prevent diabetes and its types, especially if you are predisposed to it.  As the disease can often feel like a life sentence of daily management, it is extra important to be educated this American Diabetes Awareness Month as ...

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Flu Season, COVID, OR Monkeypox? Which One Should I Worry About This 2022 Winter Season

October 12, 2022

Flu Season, COVID, OR Monkeypox? Which One Should I Worry About This 2022 Winter Season

You should worry about all of them as they pose a potential threat to not everyone's health, but their holiday season, too. Many of you skipped out on getting your flu shot and COVID-19 booster shot last year. The Omicron variant and the confusion between COVID and the flu caused us to cancel our favorite holidays in 2021. Let's not make the same mistake this year, especially since we now have monkeypox to ...

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Angry Bees and Stings: What Do I Do If I Am Allergic to Bees?

September 8, 2022

Angry Bees and Stings: What Do I Do If I Am Allergic to Bees?

Summer is coming to an end which can only mean one thing, "angry bee" season. Stinging bees and wasps become aggressive because they are getting their queen ready for winter, and are more vigilant of the hive. This behavior grows because they are hungry due to lack of food resources. Please take precaution if you notice a lot of bees around, especially if you or a loved one is allergic to bees. If you happen ...

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Ready To Go Back To School? Don’t Forget To Get A Physical!

July 27, 2022

Ready To Go Back To School? Don’t Forget To Get A Physical!

With summer coming to an end, you’re probably exhausted trying to get your child new clothes, back to school school supplies, and taking last minute trips with the family. But, don’t forget to get your child a back-to-school physical. Going back to school means the risk of spreading germs, especially during the flu season and with COVID-19 still being around. A physical is going to make sure they’re up to date on ...

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UV Safety Awareness Month: Beware the Dreaded UV Rays

June 30, 2022

UV Safety Awareness Month: Beware the Dreaded UV Rays

July is UV Safety Awareness Month and for the next two months we're going to have days where UV rays will be at their highest. It's important to educate people on the dangers of overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Why? Because these invisible rays can cause harm to our bodies over time. Did you know that UV rays are partly responsible for causing your skin to age? Did you know that they can ...

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Men’s Health Month Concerns And Unintentional Injuries: They Can Be Prevented!

June 1, 2022

Men’s Health Month Concerns And Unintentional Injuries: They Can Be Prevented!

As you get older, your men's health concerns are likely to change. In light of Men’s Health Awareness month, AFC Urgent Care Vernon wants to focus on preventative care so that men can have the chance to get what they need to start living a more healthier lifestyle.   The truth is, you may have gotten away with things like eating unhealthy, smoking, not treating injuries, skipping doctors appointments and more when you were ...

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How To Protect Yourself From Deer Ticks And Lyme Disease

May 4, 2022

How To Protect Yourself From Deer Ticks And Lyme Disease

Here in the Northeast, ticks are a serious health threat. We have seen an increase in deer tick-related illnesses in Connecticut over the years. But, as common as they are, there are ways to prevent you and your family from contracting tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease.  AFC Urgent Care Vernon knows that ticks are out and about, and has created a guide to help you and your family protect yourselves from deer ticks and Lyme ...

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5 Reasons Why You Should Get Tested For STD’s and STI’s

April 1, 2022

5 Reasons Why You Should Get Tested For STD’s and STI’s

  April is STD Awareness month. As experts see it as another opportunity to raise awareness about STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and how they impact our lives, here at AFC Urgent Care Vernon we want to help reduce STD and STI ( sexually transmitted infections)-related stigma, fear, and discrimination so that everyone can have the chance to prevent, test for, and treat STD’s. STD’s continue to be on the rise and are very common ...

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Achew! Is it Spring Allergies Or COVID-19?

March 14, 2022

Achew! Is it Spring Allergies Or COVID-19?

Spring has sprung early this year, and if you’re prone to them,  so have your spring allergies. Spring allergies usually occur when your immune system overreacts to an outdoor allergen, such as pollen. The most common allergens are pollen from wind-pollinated plants, such as trees, grasses, and weeds in the springtime. If you're one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, it also means sneezing, congestion, a runny nose and ...

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