Although the number of Americans who receive flu vaccines is on the incline, there are many people who still don’t see why they need one. This is largely because of the idea that influenza is not much worse than a bad cold. The truth is that the flu virus can be dangerous and potentially deadly for even the healthiest of people. Vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million deaths every year, but if that reason alone isn’t enough, here are five more reasons why you should get your flu vaccine this fall: Inexpensive and accessible Flu vaccines are available nearly everywhere these days. You can get them at your local drug store, but many opt to receive them from their family doctor or medical clinic. Your family clinic will most likely accept your insurance, which means the vaccine will be of little or no cost to you. Even if you don’t have insurance, the cost of the vaccine is relatively low. It’s a small price to pay for staying well. Protect your family Children and seniors are especially vulnerable to influenza, so the whole family should be immunized to keep them healthy and safe. Kids are often hospitalized with complications from […]
If you are a commercial vehicle operator, you are required to pass a Department of Transportation physical examination. The exam ensures that you are healthy enough to be out on the road. Since passing the exam is vital to maintaining their jobs, many employees are understandably nervous or have questions about this exam. We’ve compiled some FAQs on DOT physical examinations: What’s involved in a DOT physical exam? A DOT exam includes a review of your medical history, a thorough physical examination, a urine test, and a fitness determination for commercial drivers. Can I see my own doctor for the exam? The doctors at our medical clinic are legally certified to give DOT exams. If your company permits it, you are able to see any certified examiner on the FMCSA National Registry for your exam, which may include your family doctor. Otherwise, you may have to see a company-designated physician. Am I responsible for paying for the exam? This answer completely depends on the circumstances. In some cases, your company will pay for the exam. Other times, your insurance may reimburse you for the exam. Some patients will be responsible for paying for the exam themselves. Be sure to check […]
Staying healthy should be on the top of your priority list. Getting DOT physicals is part of the requirements of the job, and you’ll need to get one every year. Just as importantly, the healthier you are the less likely you will be to take a lot of time off of work. One of the best ways you can stay healthy is to get your vaccines. Remember: vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million deaths every year. In the past 60 years, this simple medical treatment even eradicated smallpox, a disease that killed many millions of people over the centuries. In fact, the flu used to kill millions of people, too. However, the flu is the perfect example of a disease that can be easily prevented. If you want to limit your sick time this year, go to a medical center or a family clinic in Franklin, KY to get more information about preventative measures as soon as possible. Protect Yourself From the Flu in 3 Easy Steps: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking these three actions to curb the spread and severity of the flu: 1. Get the Flu Vaccine The CDC highly recommends that everyone […]
Obesity has been a family medicine problem in the U.S. for some time now. In recent years, though, the problem has become a little more serious with childhood obesity, in particular, so much so that Americans spend an average of $14 billion annually on expenses related to childhood obesity. To help you and your child lose weight, here are some things you may not have known that can boost your chances of weight loss. Get More Sleep A recent study found that sleep is actually the key to achieving your New Year’s resolutions. In fact, 44% of people who were not successful in achieving their goal also had poor sleeping habits. On the other hand, two-thirds of them who did sleep well achieved their goals. It is important to get the right amount of sleep in order to obtain enough mental energy to do the things you strive to do. Consult a family doctor if you are having trouble sleeping. Consistency is Key Previously, it was believed that it took an average of 21 days to form a habit. Physicians at family clinics have now found that, in reality, it takes about 66 days to form a habit. What this […]
With viruses such as Zika making headlines for infecting thousands, more people are interested in vaccination for things like the flu than ever before. Vaccinations help to prevent the deaths of more than 2.5 million people annually. Diseases like smallpox and polio are either completely eradicated or close to it in the last 60 years. To help protect yourself and your family, here are some common myths about the flu everyone should know. You can catch the flu from the vaccine. While the vaccine does contain the virus, it is inactivated and cannot transmit infection. Contrary to belief, those who get sick shortly after having a shot were going to get sick with or without it. Once administered, it takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to protect you from getting the flu. Healthy people don’t need the flu vaccine. Though it is recommended that people who are prone to illness should seek the flu vaccine, anyone can benefit from being vaccinated. Currently, children six months of age to 19 years, pregnant women, and anyone over the age of 49 are all recommended to be vaccinated. Healthy people have just as much a chance of spreading the flu virus […]
You should already know by now that the U.S. has a problem with childhood obesity. With 70% of obese youth in America at risk for high blood pressure, school physicals have become more important than ever before. School is no longer in session and summer is in full swing, which means that now is the perfect time to visit your local family clinic to make sure your child is prepared for their school physical. Whether it is your child’s first time or it’s just been a while, here is a brief overview of what they can expect. Routine physical Based on the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics, physicals performed at school consist of recording a child’s height, weight, blood pressure, and pulse. Furthermore, the physician will also examine the heart, lungs, abdomen, skin, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, teeth, and throat. The point of this is to check for any abnormalities. In some cases, the child’s reflexes, fine-motor development, and gross-motor development may also be evaluated. Preventative screenings These screenings are exactly what they sound like. They help to prevent serious illnesses as well as chronic diseases from developing. This is done through early detection and treatment. Chronic diseases […]
Obesity in the United States is a problem. So much so, that chronic diseases make up seven out of 10 deaths each year. To reduce your child’s chances of becoming one of the 70% of obese youth at risk for cardiovascular disease, have them take a sports physical and join a sport. Here are some common questions on physicals for sports and what you can expect. What is a sports physical? Sports physicals are check-ups designed to assess a teen’s health and fitness as it relates to a sport. It is different from a typical school physical, in that the family doctor tests for any diseases or injuries that could be unsafe for the athlete to participate in sports. Where is a sports physical done? A pediatrician can perform the sports physical, but so can physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners. Some medical clinics and schools also offer physicals for sports. When is a sports physical done? It is recommended to have sports physicals performed six to eight weeks prior to the sports season starting. This allows time to treat a condition, in case one is discovered during the physical. If done within the right time frame, the athlete can recover […]
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