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Flu Proofing Your Home

fluproofingyourhomeFlu season is here. No matter where you go it seems somebody’s coughing and sneezing. Your children might bring it home from school or you could pick it up at work. Either way, avoiding colds and the flu can be difficult this time of year.

So how do you protect yourself? Health officials recommend getting a yearly flu shot and they also encourage everyone to protect themselves with one historically successful tactic, wash your hands, thoroughly and often.  That may be the single best way to stop the spread of disease.  If you’re unable to wash your hands, use hand sanitizer after coming into contact with suspect surfaces (door handles, ATM machines, telephones etc…).

Here are additional tips and strategies for avoiding the flu, or any germs, for that matter:

1)       Disinfect spaces that frequently harbor germs such as the sink, remote controls, countertops, telephones, children’s toys, and doorknobs as these are frequent landing sites for bacteria and viruses.

2)      Disinfect your desktop, computer keyboard and other office equipment often.

3)      Replace kitchen sponges frequently.  You can also run them through the dishwasher to eliminate microbes.

4)      Disinfect dust rags, dish rags, mops and other cleaning tools regularly so that you are eliminating germs and not just relocating them.

Keep winter illnesses at bay and out of your home by keeping your home as germ-free as possible.

 

 

 

Urgency or Emergency?

aztec emergency careFeeling sick?  Been injured? In the event of a medical crisis, sometimes it’s hard to determine where you should seek treatment.   Used to be that you’d contact your doctor or go directly to the nearest Emergency Room.  Now, with the advent of Urgent care facilities, more expedient and less costly health care options are available.

When you have a life-threatening situation, such as chest pain, the emergency room of the nearest hospital is the only option. But if your condition is not life threatening, but requires immediate attention, choosing an urgent care clinic can save you time and money, (Urgent Care clinic visits are typically 1/3 to 1/5 the cost of an ER visit), as well as keeping the emergency room free to deal with more serious situations.

Is it an Urgent Care Situation?

Urgent Care Clinics frequently treat:

  • Colds, Coughs, and Flu
  • Bruises, Abrasions, and Cuts
  • Dehydration
  • Allergies
  • Eye, Skin, and Ear Infections
  • Sprains or Strains
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Respiratory Infections such as Bronchitis
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Asthma
  • Sinus Infections
  • Strep Throat
  • Moderate Fever

Urgent Care Clinics also frequently provide flu shots, employment, D.O.T., and school physicals and drug & alcohol testing.

Is it an Emergency Situation? 

Generally, an emergency is a condition that can threaten a life or cause impairment and should be treated at an E.R.  The initial minutes after an injury or other medical crisis are often the most critical.  Symptoms that generally indicate an emergency include:

  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Head injury
  • Poisoning
  • Chest Pains
  • Suspected Overdose
  • Inability to breath or shortness of breath
  • Seizures
  • Numbness or paralysis of an arm or leg
  • Intense Pain

And when in doubt, call ahead.  If the urgent care facility can accommodate you, they can also provide estimated wait times.   If the urgent care clinic can’t accommodate your condition, they will advise you to go to the nearest emergency facility.

The Flu and You

flu treatment Durango ColoradoAztec Urgent Care is giving vaccinations to children age 9 and older as recommended flu treatment in the Aztec, New Mexico area. (Children who are 8 and did not receive a dose last year, need 2 this year so they need to see their pediatrician)

Aztec Urgent Care is using the “regular” flu vaccine which is good in general for everyone, even those that are >65 yrs old. We will not be carrying the high dose. If someone >65 has multisystem issues and want the high dose vaccine, they should consult their Primary Care MD.

Per CDC Guidelines, Routine influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged 6 months and older with vaccination efforts focusing on delivering vaccination to persons who:

  • are aged 6 months–4 years (59 months);
  • are aged 50 years and older;
  • have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension),
  • renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);
  • are immunosuppressed (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus);
  • are or will be pregnant during the influenza season;
  • are aged 6 months–18 years and receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who therefore might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection;
  • are residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities;
  • are American Indians/Alaska Natives;
  • are morbidly obese (body-mass index is 40 or greater);
  • are health-care personnel;
  • are household contacts and caregivers of children aged younger than 5 years and adults aged 50 years and older, with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children aged younger than 6 months; and
  • are household contacts and caregivers of persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza.

For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the San Juan Basin Health Department websites.