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Meningococcal Meningitis

Written by admin | 18 April, 2015

In recent Colorado news, Fort Collins Adult Hockey Association has had a few cases of Meningococcal Meningitis, with 2 dead and 1 remaining hospitalized. Those coming in close contact with these members have been vaccinated.

Meningococcal Meningitis is a bacterium affecting the blood stream and brain; carrying a high mortality rate if untreated. Meningococcal Meningitis can be spread by saliva, nose and throat secretions and through prolonged close contact with those infected. According to Adrienne LeBailly, Director of the Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment, “Everyone is exposed to the meningococcal bacteria at some point in their lives, and only about 1 percent gets sick.”1 The vaccine is $125, but make sure to check your local Health Department for free vaccinations! (If you are in Colorado, please check out: http://www.childrensimmunization.org/ for low- or no-cost vaccinations.)

Though we DO NOT offer the vaccination, please feel free to call us with questions regarding this matter. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have or further assist you with finding a clinic(s) that offer the vaccination.

Those who should obtain the vaccine2:

  • Children between the ages of 2-10, who are at high risk.
  • Children between the ages of 11-18.
  • College Students between the ages of 18-24, who live in dorms.
  • Military Recruits
  • Medical Staff & Laboratory Personnel
  • Travelers/Tourists
  • People with other diseases/infections (HIV).
  • People who come in close contact with infected individuals.

Symptoms3:

  • Stiff Neck
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Rashes
  • Dark Bruises
  • Paranoia
  • Severe Headache
  • Seizures

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References:

1http://www.9news.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=141670&catid=346

2http://www.9news.com/news/local/article.aspx?storyid=141670&catid=346

3http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000608.htm

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Water & Dehydration

Written by admin | 18 April, 2015

During those hot summer days, it is important to remember to hydrate often. Your body is made up of about 45%-75% water, depending on how much fat you have; therefore, water should be part of your daily routine. Lack of water can cause dehydration which can lead to thirst, dry skin, loss of appetite, fatigue/weakness, and much more1. The recommended amount of water needed by CNN Health is a little more than 8 cups2, though for men and women it varies a bit. According to the Institute of Medicine, men need roughly 13 cups and women need about 9 cups3.

In order to achieve the daily recommend water intake amount, try to:

Ø Drink a glass of water before meals, during meals, and in between meals.

Ø Drink a glass of water before exercising, during exercising, and after exercising.

Just drinking water with each meal, if you eat 3 meals on average, would account for 9 cups a day! Make sure you are drinking enough water, especially during those hot summer days!

Conversion between ounces, cups, quarts and gallons:

1 cup = 8 ounces

1 quart = 32 ounces = 4 cups

1 gallon = 4 quarts = 128 ounces = 16 cups

References:

1http://www.symptomsofdehydration.com/

2http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/water/NU00283.html

3http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/water/NU00283.html

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Managing Indoor Allergies

Written by admin | 18 April, 2015

Managing Indoor Allergies

Allergies affect persons in all walks of life. Here are simple ways to help you identify allergic reactions, as well as ways to help manage your allergy symptoms.

Indoor Allergy Symptoms:

  • Sore or scratchy throat
  • Runny nose
  • Watering, red, or itchy eyes
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Red, irritated skin or welts

Potential Indoor Allergens:

  • Bugs
  • Mold and mildew
  • Animal dander
  • Dust mites
  • Scented candles, fabric softener, detergent, perfumes, shampoos, and soaps

Ways to Reduce Indoor Allergens:

  • Keep windows closed
  • Change air conditioning and furnace filters
  • Vacuum frequently with a vacuum which uses HEPA filters (Canister vacuums, even with HEPA filters, often release allergens into the air when you empty the canister. Choose your vacuum carefully.)
  • Dust frequently with a damp cloth, rather than dry cloth and scented furniture polish
  • Wash sheets, pillows, shower curtains, and window curtains regularly
  • Purchase special mattress and pillow covers that trap or repel allergens
  • Use a saline nose rinse daily to help remove allergens from the nose

When to seek medical attention from your doctor or local ER:

  • If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, tightness of chest, or a tightening of throat, contact your local emergency department immediately.

  • If you have attempted to manage your indoor allergens and are still experiencing allergy symptoms, visit your primary care physician. Outdoor allergens and food allergies may be affecting you.

More to come on how to manage outdoor allergies later…

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Be the Next Patient Seen!

Written by admin | 18 April, 2015

Patients now have the option to pre-register by completing paperwork available anywhere they can access the world wide web! And in the near future patients will be able to complete this process electronically and even make themselves an appointment on the schedule.

Patients who complete the pre-registration process will be fast tracked upon arrival and be the next patient seen (excluding any trauma or emergency situations).

If you would like to be fast tracked please download and complete the registration form on-line or soon you will be able to complete electronically.

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Haiti Earthquake Relief Effort

Written by admin | 18 April, 2015

With the recent 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti AfterOurs Urgent Care was moved to take action in aiding to relief efforts.

“As members of the health care community we knew it was important for victims of the recent earthquake to get medical attention as soon as possible” stated Alan Ashinhurst, Manager of Clinical Operations. “We are proud to join with Partners in Health and to contribute what ever we can to aid medical care in Haiti.”

Partners in Health has served Haiti since 1987, successfully establishing schools, health clinics, health care training and health outreach programs, and even a mobile unit to serve rural Haitian communities. However, with the recent earthquake, Partners in Health has an immense task at hand.

AfterOurs has aligned with Partners in Health to create the AfterOurs Urgent Care Haiti Earthquake Relief Campaign. 100% of the donations generated will go to Partners in Health for much needed medical supplies. AfterOurs has set an initial fundraising goal at $1,000 which we hope to meet quickly with your help.

To donate please visit http://act.pih.org/page/group/AfterOursUrgentCare

For more information on Partners in Health visit http://www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti

Haiti Earthquake Medical Clinic

Makeshift medical clinic in Haiti. Courtasy of PIH and David Walton.Add new comment
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