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Which Flu Vaccine? We recommend the Quadrivalent

Did you know that there is actually more than one flu vaccine? Make sure you are in the know this Flu season and we at AFC West Hartford are here to help!

What is the Quadrivalent Flu Vaccines?
The standard flu vaccine (and only one available until 2012) is the Trivalent Influenza Vaccine. This vaccine protects against […]

By |December 3rd, 2017|Blog, Health News, News & Updates|Comments Off on Which Flu Vaccine? We recommend the Quadrivalent

Halloween Safety Tips

Whether you’re a parent getting ready to take your kids trick-or-treating or you’re someone who doesn’t participate in Halloween at all, everyone needs to be aware of the dangers that come with Halloween night. It’s a whole new world out there these days with everything from candy concerns to clown threats. Here are some simple […]

By |October 30th, 2017|Blog, Medical Minutes, News & Updates|Comments Off on Halloween Safety Tips

Is it the Flu or Just a Cold?

Autumn means many fun things: tailgating, apple picking, fall fair season and unfortunately the start of flu season. Seems early, doesn’t it?  Thankfully the flu is preventable, but you’ll need to act soon. Don’t worry because we are here to help! Sometimes even the best preparation isn’t enough and we still get sick, but sometimes it […]

By |October 23rd, 2017|Blog, Medical Minutes, News & Updates|Comments Off on Is it the Flu or Just a Cold?

What to Do If Your Child Is Stung by a Bee

Have you noticed a lot more angry bee’s flitting around these days? It’s not your imagination.

Late summer into early fall is the height of “angry bee” season. As bees and wasps near the end of their life cycle, they become increasingly aggressive.  Here at AFC Urgent Care West Hartford we see many kids walking through […]

By |August 29th, 2017|Medical Minutes|0 Comments

9 Steps to Prevent West Nile Virus

Many mark summer not by BBQs and pool parties but by the addition of mosquitoes, which are becoming a much larger threat than merely a pesky nuisance. Over the past few years, we have seen cases of West Nile Virus being diagnosed, and in 2015 alone 10 cases of West Nile Virus in humans were detected in Connecticut . This past week, we learned of 4 new CT […]

By |July 26th, 2017|Blog, Medical Minutes, News & Updates|Comments Off on 9 Steps to Prevent West Nile Virus

Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke: Know the Differences

It’s not your imagination. We’re in the midst of a HOT summer. Heat related illnesses like dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke should not be taken lightly, and affect many. Most vulnerable are babies, the elderly,the sick and the immobile, and of course those without air conditioning.
What are the differences between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?
The […]

By |July 18th, 2017|Blog, Health News, Medical Minutes|Comments Off on Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke: Know the Differences

11 Fireworks Safety Steps to Ensure a Safe Fourth of July

We love the  fourth of July as much as the next guy, and let’s be honest: much of it is because of the fireworks. We get it! That being said, here’s a sobering statistic: in 2014 alone, there were 11 deaths and about 10,500 hospital trips related to fireworks in the United States, according to […]

By |June 28th, 2017|Blog, Medical Minutes|Comments Off on 11 Fireworks Safety Steps to Ensure a Safe Fourth of July

College Freshman Vaccinations: Top 5 Questions Answered

It’s that time of year again, and for many who are off to college for the first time, it’s a time of brand new opportunities, alongside a new world of risks. As a parent you’ve been preparing for this day for 18 years, but the truth is, there are so many details you weren’t aware […]

By |June 14th, 2017|Medical Minutes|Comments Off on College Freshman Vaccinations: Top 5 Questions Answered

Differentiating Between Poison Ivy Poison Oak and Poison Sumac

Everyone has grown up being warned to stay away from “leaves of three,” “berries white,” and “hairy vines.” These are the few ways we can spot poison ivy and poison oak while spending time outdoors.  Thankfully there are a few distinct differences between the two. 

There are many kinds of poisonous plants in nature, but the […]

By |May 24th, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Differentiating Between Poison Ivy Poison Oak and Poison Sumac

What Steps to To Take if Bitten By a Deer Tick

Another warm winter means an early tick season again! This time of year, black legged ticks, commonly known as deer ticks, are an unwanted guest. As what we experienced last year, this year we are going to be seeing a high population of ticks, and many of them will be deer ticks throughout Connecticut and the […]

By |April 25th, 2017|Medical Minutes|0 Comments
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