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What’s Up Doc Series – Flu Season Update – NEW!

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Every true history must force us to remember, that the past was once as real as the present and as uncertain as the future

G.M. Trevelyan 1862-1962

Did you know its been 100 years since the devastating flu pandemic of 1918-1919? It was caused by a H1N1 virus of avian variety. There is no consensus on the origin of the virus, however it was first identified in the United States with infected military personnel in the spring of 1918.
The estimates are about 500 million people infected worldwide (1/3 of world population) with the number of deaths approaching 50 million. In the U.S., about 675,000 people died from the flu.
Fast forward 100 years, 2019, and we now have vaccines, anti-viral medication, and advanced medical surveillance, diagnositcs, and treatment to prevent another Flu apocalypse that the world experienced in 1918-1919.

Still not too late to Vaccinate!

FLORIDA FLU UPDATE 1/12/2019 Week 2
  • Activity decreased in week 2 similar to past seasons;
  • Most counties including Hernando, Citrus, and Pasco reported mild activity;
  • The best news, no new Pediatric associated deaths;
  • Its not too late to vaccinate for the 2018-2019 season, however the window is closing and supplies are declining. This is even more important if you are planning on travelling to high activity states (New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania);
  • Please continue your everyday precautions!
Stay Healthy My Friends!
Doc Scott
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After an auto accident: I feel fine, do I need to see a doctor?

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Experiencing an auto accident is an unbelievably terrifying, unpredictable and confusing experience. This is something we can all plan for, in terms of car and health insurance, but you can never be prepared for it – it always comes as a surprise. Also, this nerve-wracking situation immediately causes a mental block.

There are so many things on your mind, an adrenaline rush, etc. that make you forget what procedures you should adhere to. And a lot of the time when the results are not too bad, you quickly move on with your life as if nothing happened.

You should not rush with that! Auto-injury clinic in Spring Hill urges auto accident victims to get thoroughly checked up before fully moving on – even if you don’t think it’s necessary.

Experiencing an auto accident is an unbelievably terrifying, unpredictable and confusing experience. This is something we can all plan for, in terms of car and health insurance, but you can never be prepared for it – it always comes as a surprise. Also, this nerve-wracking situation immediately causes a mental block.

There are so many things on your mind, an adrenaline rush, etc. that make you forget what procedures you should adhere to. And a lot of the time when the results are not too bad, you quickly move on with your life as if nothing happened.

You should not rush with that! Auto-injury clinic in Spring Hill urges auto accident victims to get thoroughly checked up before fully moving on – even if you don’t think it’s necessary.

Below we will explain why it is important to seek a medical check up after an auto accident, whatever the circumstances, and we will provide you with guidance about your DOT physical in Hernando County.

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I’m feeling fine, should I see a doctor?

YES! All auto accidents are different. They differ in the amount of people or vehicles involved, in location, in seriousness, and in many more factors. However, regardless of the type of the accident, you should seek a medical check up immediately. Our auto-injury doctor in Spring Hill specialises in non-life threatening post-accident conditions and advocates that everyone should see a doctor post-accident, even though it’s not mandatory.

The auto-injury clinic in Spring Hill also states that people often show no visible signs of injury, but zero-symptom injuries are incredibly difficult to diagnose and treat. Zero-symptom injuries often include internal bruising, whiplash, trauma and joint injuries. Diagnosing those and treating them straight away reduces the risk of further complications or health issues in the future.

Getting a medical check up post-accident is not only crucial for your health now and in the future, but also for your insurance. Many insurance providers will reject your health-related claim if you have postponed treatment under the suspicion that your intentions are dishonest and your injury was not actually caused by the accident.

My DOT Physical

If you are a commercial driver in Florida, you are required to go through a Department of Transportation (DOT) Physical exam as it determines whether or not you are in a physically sufficient condition to safely operate a commercial vehicle. Obtaining a DOT card is mandatory. The DOT physical in Spring Hill is a strict examination as it provides the public with security that you are in the best condition to be responsible for their safety.

After being involved in an auto-accident, commercial drivers should adhere to the suggestions in the previous section – immediately seek medical advice for your own health benefit and to ensure good treatment from your insurance companies.

However, it is particularly important for you, as your career is at stake. In order to continue your career your health must always be in line with the DOT Physical requirements, therefore, post-accident, do not hesitate to contact the auto-injury doctor in Spring Hill.

Auto accidents are incredibly stressful situations and your judgement may be biased. Do not neglect your health, contact an auto-injury doctor immediately after an accident – they are professionals that will guide you all the way to full recovery!

 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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What’s Up Doc Blog Series – Flu Season Update!

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Flu update from the CDC week 52 ending December 29.

Dear Patients!

We have seen an increase in the number of flu cases this past week at our Urgent Care clinic in Spring Hill. The purpose of this article is to refresh your knowledge about the Flu and what you can do to combat this seasonal illness.

10 Key Facts About the Flu:

 

  1. 1. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus that infect the nose, throat and sometimes lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness.

 

  1. 2. People with the flu often feel some or all of the following symptoms. Fever, cough, runny nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, sometimes nausea and vomiting.

 

  1. 3. Flu spreads with cough, sneeze, or close talking. Also by touching surfaces that contain the virus and then touching your face.

 

  1. 4. Period of Contagiousness; Most contagious in the first 3-4 days of symptoms. I is possible to infect others 1 day before symptoms and 5-7 days after becoming ill.

 

  1. 5. Onset of Symptoms; The time when a person is exposed and infected with the flu, to symptom onset is about 2 days. This can range from 1-4 days.

 

  1. 6. Complications of Flu; This can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, and worsening of chronic medical conditions such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes

 

  1. 7. People at High Risk; Anyone can get the Flu, but some people are at high risk for serious complications. This includes individuals above the age of 65, any age with certain chronic conditions including but not limited to Asthma, Diabetes, or Heart Disease. Pregnant women, and children younger than 5 years.

 

  1. 8. Preventing the Flu; First and most important step in flu prevention is to get a Flu Vaccine. Flu Vaccine has been shown to reduce Flu related illnesses and the risk of serious Flu complications that can result in hospitalization or even death. Also, everyday preventive actions like avoiding people who are ill, covering cough and sneezes with your arm, and frequent hand washing.

 

  1. 9. Diagnosing the Flu; It is difficult to distinguish Flu from other viral or bacterial respiratory illness based on symptoms alone. Rapid Testing is helpful, however not 100 percent accurate. The combination of symptoms and testing will determine best course of action.

 

  1. 10. Treating the Flu; There are influenza antiviral drugs that can be used and are more effective when started within 48 hours of symptoms. Discuss with your Doctor and Pharmacist.

The Bottom line

 

The flu is here and the CDC has designated Florida as a widespread state as of week 52.

New cases are being diagnosed everyday in multiple medical facilities in our community. Still time to vaccinate. See your Doctor early if you suspect your symptoms might indicate the Flu.

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Stay healthy my Friends!

Doc Scott

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