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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Is My Sore Throat COVID-19 Or Strep Throat?

January 28, 2022

Is My Sore Throat COVID-19 Or Strep Throat?

  Have a sore throat? Don’t automatically assume it’s sore COVID-19. Unfortunately,  COVID is not the only illness going around this winter. We’re actually seeing more patients coming in for sore throats from all sorts of sources.  Strep throat is very common in the colder months and is also highly contagious,  if you sneeze, cough or share things with others. It is also very common among children, especially when in environments like schools ...

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Rapid COVID-19 Test or A PCR Test? Which One Is Right For You?

January 7, 2022

Rapid COVID-19 Test or A PCR Test? Which One Is Right For You?

  People often talk about COVID-19 testing as though there is only one choice. In reality, there are more than one type of test with many differences when determining if you’re positive for COVID-19 or not. Some of you might be questioning which tests are more accurate or reliable. Which one is more accurate, a rapid COVID-19 test or a PCR Test? AFC Urgent Care Vernon is here to break down some of the common ...

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3 Ways To Celebrate A COVID-19 Free Christmas

December 2, 2021

3 Ways To Celebrate A COVID-19 Free Christmas

Ready for another COVID-19 holiday? We may not have as many restrictions as last year, but December is filled with holidays and gatherings that can risk potential spikes in COVID-19 cases. We get it, it’s another holiday season with COVID-19, but thankfully 2021 brought us newer and faster testing options, and COVID vaccines, so, if you’re planning a party or going to family events, it’s best to prepare for the unexpected. AFC ...

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Think You May Have Diabetes? Risk Factors, Symptoms and Prevention

November 2, 2021

Think You May Have Diabetes? Risk Factors, Symptoms and Prevention

  Think you may have diabetes? Diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects more than 30 million people in the United States. It has multiple types, 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 National ...

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COVID-19 And The Flu Season: A Twindemic You Want To Avoid

September 30, 2021

COVID-19 And The Flu Season: A Twindemic You Want To Avoid

COVID-19 and the flu is one twindemic you want to avoid. This year the CDC is recommending that everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot in September, or October, but before the flu season begins. As symptoms for both viruses often overlap you don’t want to blow off a flu shot this year. Schools are now in session and kids are the most common germ spreaders. People are also ...

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Angry Bees and Bee Stings: What To Do If You Are Allergic to Bees

August 24, 2021

It is officially nearing the end of summer, which means we are at the height of the "angry bee" season. During this time, stinging bees and wasps become even angrier because they are preparing their queen for the winter, and are more protective near the hive. This aggravated behavior heightens as their local food resources are depleted, and they grow hungry. If you are noticing there are a lot of bees around, please take extra ...

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Checking Your Child In For A Back To School Physical

August 17, 2021

Now is the time to add a back to school physical to your checklist of summer to-do’s. If your child skipped their annual doctor’s visit last year because they were mostly virtual, you can’t get away with it again this year. Why? Because school is now in-person and you want your child to get a FULL physical to make sure they’re ready for the school year. Whether they decide to play ...

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