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Making sure that your child is up to date on their vaccinations is essential to preventing 16 potentially harmful diseases from taking root at your child’s school. From elementary school to college, students are required to be up to date in their vaccinations in order to protect themselves and those around them from illness. The first step to make sure your child has all of his or her school vaccinations is to find a medical care center to administer the vaccinations.
To ensure that all children are protected from illness, your school or local school district may require children attending school to get certain vaccinations, such as pertussis, otherwise known as whooping cough. If you don’t know which vaccinations are required, make sure to contact your doctor or school district to make sure.
If your child misses a shot, your pediatrician can use a catch-up immunization schedule to ensure that they are well protected from disease and illness. If you’re looking for a medical care center to administer your child and protect them before starting school this fall, call Immediate Medical Care today.
Immediate Medical Care Provides the Following Immunizations:
- Hepatitis A Vaccine
• Hepatitis B Vaccine
• Influenza (Fluzone)
• Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis)
• Tuberculosis (TB)
• Yellow Fever
• Zoster (Shingles)
When the sun comes out, it’s only natural to want to lay around and take in your fill of it. But it’s important to be careful when it comes to sun exposure. Especially here in Texas, the sun is hot, and it’s out all day long. You want to carefully limit your exposure to make sure you don’t end up with sunburns, heat stroke, or worse.
With that in mind, here are a few quick tips to keep your sun exposure to a healthy medium – so you can enjoy a burn-free summer!
Don’t use out-of-date sunscreen.
Sunscreen that expired two years ago won’t help you now. The active ingredients in most sunscreens wear out over time, especially if you store them in hot places (like your glove box or the beach bag in the trunk of your car). If your sunscreen bottle has passed its expiration date, throw it away and buy a new one.
Know your SPF.
You probably already know that you should be using sunscreen with at least SPF 30. So getting sunscreen with the highest SPF you can find is the smart thing to do, right? Not really. SPF 30 already blocks 96% of the sun’s UVB rays. When you go up to SPF 50, the sunscreen blocks 98% of UVB rays. At SPF 75, you’re blocking 99% of those rays. This incremental increase in protection usually isn’t worth the extra dollars you’ll pay for the sunscreen – especially since higher SPF sunscreen doesn’t last any longer on your skin. And this brings us to our next point.
Reapply your sunscreen religiously.
Putting your sunscreen on once in the morning isn’t enough. At minimum, you should reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours you’re out in the sun. If you’re swimming or sweating, you should reapply every hour at least. Check the bottle for more specific instructions – some sunscreens can only resist water (swimming, sweating) for 40 to 80 minutes!
Sure, it’s tempting to walk around all day in as little as you can get away with. But exposing that much of your skin to the sun could come back to bite (or burn) you later. Instead, use a wide-brimmed hat to shade as much of your body from the sun as possible. Wear light, loose-fitting, protective clothing. And don’t forget your sunglasses!
Avoid the sun during the most intense hours of the day.
You can’t get sunburned if you’re not out in the sun. For those days when you’re not working, go inside when the sun is at its most intense (usually from 10 AM to 4 PM) or at the very least seek out shade whenever possible. Feel free to borrow a trick from our neighbors south of the border and take a siesta inside if you have a time!
Follow these tips, and you should be much closer enjoying summer fun without sunburn or worse. But don’t worry. If you get a bad sunburn, you can always come to see us. While we’re limited in what we can do for sunburns, we might be able to help you get some relief until the burn goes away on its own. We’re here to make sure you have the best, healthiest summer you can!
|The calendar might say that it’s still spring, but here in the Houston area, summertime temperatures have already arrived. Now is the perfect time to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun.
But as always, make your health and safety your top priority. Summer may feel like a casual, carefree time, but health risks don’t go away just because the sun is shining and the flip-flops have come out.
So without further ado, here are our top five tips for a safe, healthy, and fun summer.
We can’t emphasize this enough. Approximately 20% of Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime – that’s one in five people! To prevent yourself from becoming one of them, be sure to wear broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply it everywhere that will not be covered by clothing (including your face, ears, hands, and feet). Every two hours, or after you swim or work up a sweat, be sure to reapply your sunscreen.
Hot weather leads to sweating as our bodies try to keep us cool and comfortable. This means that you’ll need more water than you might during winter or fall. Even if you’re not feeling thirsty, keep chugging away at that water.
Summertime is when the bugs come out in full force. Not only are insect bites painful, itchy, and annoying, but certain insects (like mosquitoes) can spread dangerous diseases. In addition to practicing good mosquito safety, make sure that you are always wearing insect repellent if you’ll be spending time outdoors.
Once the temperature heats up, the pools are open and the beaches get crowded. But even while everyone is having fun, never forget that the water can be dangerous. Always use caution when swimming, whether it’s in a pool, a lake, or the ocean. When you’re out on a boat, wear a lifejacket. If children are swimming, make sure an adult is watching at all times. And remember, it’s never too late for swimming lessons.
Colds, the flu, and other diseases don’t go away when the sun comes out. It’s important to practice good hand hygiene all year round. The last thing you want to do is have to explain to your friends that you’re missing the big barbecue because you’re stuck at home with the flu.
Follow these tips, and your chances for an enjoyable and healthy summer are sure to go up. But remember, if something does happen, Immediate Medical Care is always here to help you get your summer back on track. With extended operating hours and short wait times, we’ll have you back to your fun in the sun before you know it. Be sure to stop by whenever you need our help!
Human bodies are not built to live a sedentary lifestyle. Our bodies were designed for regular movement. On average, American adults spend 9 to 10 hours every day sitting. Living a sedentary lifestyle can have drastic consequences on our mental and physical health, making us more at risk for conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Here are some consequences and warning signs that you need to get up and move:
Back and Hip Pain
Moving around gives our vertebrae room to breathe, expand, and contract. Movement allows our spine to soak up nutrients that are essential for our health. Sitting for an extended period can cause our vertebrae to be pressed together unevenly, causing collagen to harden around our tendons and ligaments, which in turn causes back pain. The added stress onto the back has a direct relationship with our hips. Our hips are then put under so much pressure that we experience hip pain as well.
The occupational health services at Immediate Medical Care on NASA Parkway can give you a proper back evaluation to determine your back health.
Almost instinctively, people tend to crank their neck forward towards the screen and keyboard while sitting at a desk or even looking down towards a cell phone. This consistent movement of the vertebrae can lead to neck issues, including a strained neck. These strains can eventually lead to permanent disproportions.
Although it has not been proven, carpal tunnel syndrome could be a result of extended sitting and keyboard use. Any repetitive or forceful movement of the hands or wrists can cause carpal tunnel. Whether you are working with small instruments, typing, knitting, sanding, or using something repetitively, you could be at risk.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Sitting for a long period of time decreases circulation to your legs and feet, causing fluids to pool in the legs. Issues caused by this range from swollen ankles and varicose veins to dangerous blood clots like deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Inactivity also causes your leg bones to become weaker, increasing the chance to develop osteoporosis.
What Can You Do?
- Experts recommend stretching daily to help prevent a wide range of conditions and to get the blood flowing throughout the body.
- Get up and walk around the office or outside on your break to get your blood flowing
- Sitting on a yoga ball or wobbly object to help strengthen the core
- Asking your supervisor for a standing desk so that you can alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day
- Paying attention to your posture throughout the day, are you slumping as the day goes on? Is your back straight?
Our clinic hours are Monday to Sunday from 9 AM – 9 PM. We gladly accept most major insurance carriers, HMOs and PPOs.
There are very similar symptoms when it comes to having a cold or allergies. However, knowing the difference between the two conditions is essential to choosing the right course of treatment. Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, can cause you to have itchy eyes, stuffy or runny nose and other symptoms that easily resemble the symptoms of the common cold. However, here are a few tips on how to tell the difference.
The Common Cold
These two bothersome conditions cause several of the same symptoms. These symptoms include coughing and a stuffed-up nose. However, they certainly have different causes. With the common cold, the symptoms are brought up because your immune system is launching a counter attack on an invading virus. These viruses are contagious and can be picked up from someone else through sneezes, coughs or physical contact of any sort.
These symptoms should only last a maximum of a few weeks, until your body is able to completely fend off the virus.
Hay Fever (Seasonal Allergies)
However, your seasonal allergies have an entirely different cause. Everyday contaminants such as dust, dander and pollen are mistaken for invading germs and your body’s natural reaction is to attack them. During this attack on harmless allergens, your body releases a chemical called a histamine – inducing undesirable symptoms that are similar to the common cold (coughing, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes). This is why doctors will recommend allergy-sufferers to use an anti-histamine medication to counteract the body’s natural response.
Unlike the common cold, allergies are not contagious because there is no virus to spread to others. Allergies tend to be a genetic reaction to everyday airborne allergens.
|How long do symptoms last?||3-14 days||Days to months – as long as your body is exposed to the allergen causing the reaction.|
|When would I get symptoms?||Colds are most common in the winter but if you are exposed to the virus, contraction is possible at any time.||Any time of year – although the allergens may be seasonal|
|Incubation Periods||Symptoms will take a few days to show up after being infected.||Symptoms will begin immediately after exposure to the triggering allergen.