As a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Michael Gutman has a special place in his heart for our military veterans. So, for Veteran’s Day, New England Urgent Care is giving out free flu vaccines to all veterans this Veteran’s Day, Monday Novermber 11, 2019.
In order to redeem this offer, veterans need to bring their old Armed Services ID or DD214 form to any of its clinics from 8 am to 7:45 pm.
Dr. Gutman explains, “I know from personal experience, veterans make great personal sacrifices to protect our fellow combatants, families and our nation. That’s why I feel it’s important to give back to those who have given so much for our freedom.”
Just before 9/11, he joined the Army reserves and was commissioned as a Major on June 4, 2002. As part of the 405th Combat Support Hospital based in West Hartford, he served as the commander of the 947th Forward Surgical Team for three years and did three tours of duty over a five-year period — twice to Iraq and once to Bosnia.
His wife and New England Urgent Care co-founder, Yahel, also served in the Israeli army teaching emergency care.
In 2015, Dr. Gutman was the guest speaker for a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Connecticut Veterans Memorial West Hartford. The American Legion Post 96, West Hartford organized and hosted the ceremony.
Watch Dr. Gutman’s special Veteran’s Day message here: https://youtu.be/GLmc1809wi8
Do you have a favorite Halloween candy? (Mine is KitKat). But too much of a good thing is, well, too much! A word of caution: don’t make Halloween an opportunity to binge on your favorite treats.
Yo-yo sugar levels can cause havoc with your blood sugar. Too much junk food can lead to weight gain. Both can lead to serious diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Instead, stay healthy by using moderation when enjoying your trick-or-treat booty.
Cavities, Candy and Kids
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and infections that could lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.* So, after you have a sensible bite of your favorite Halloween goodie, brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste.
4 Tips to Prevent Costume Fail
- Whatever character you decide to dress up as for Halloween, make sure your costume fits well. Avoid outfits that block your vision, or are too long or constricted that may cause you to trip or fall.
- Keep away from lit candles and use costumes that are made with flame-resistant material.
- Make sure your footwear is comfortable and doesn’t cause you to stumble.
- If you use makeup, test it on a small area first to see if it causes any adverse reactions. Wash it off before bedtime to help prevent possible eye or skin irritation.
* CDC Halloween Health
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say, “Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections, but NOT viral infections. The common cold and the flu are viral infections, so avoid using antibiotics if you have one of these.
Using antibiotics when they are not needed causes some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic, and therefore stronger and harder to kill.”
Visit New England Urgent Care where our experienced providers can assess your health situation to determine if your illness is bacterial or viral and treat accordingly.
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With colder weather comes more opportunity of contracting upper respiratory illnesses like head and chest colds, and the flu. Take a few simple steps to help lessen your chances of getting ill this fall.
- Your best bet to avoid getting the flu is to get a flu vaccine. The earlier in the season you get vaccinated the better protected you’ll be. New England Urgent Care offers flu shots at all its clinics. Get yours now!
- If you’re going to sneeze, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue to prevent the spread of germs. Don’t have a tissue? Use the crevasse of your arm where your elbow is.
- We can’t say it enough — wash your hands often! It’s simple and effective! (PS: Global Hand Washing Day is October 15th)
- If you’re sick, stay home — don’t bring your sickness to public spaces like school, the gym, the workplace or retail stores.
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Now that school has begun, sports are in full swing. From football to field hockey and everything in between, today’s students participate in sports more now than ever before.
Physical activity is good for body, mind and soul. However, with its benefits come disadvantages such as injury. Even though high-contact sports pose a greater risk for traumatic injury, the majority of injuries are from overuse, especially in young athletes when excessive stress is placed on tendons, joints, bones and muscle.
In fact, growth plate fractures are as common as sprains and can often be treated easily. Your child needs to be evaluated by a knowledgeable medical professional since these injuries can be as common as sprains, if not more so.
In a growing child, point tenderness over a bone should always be checked by a medical provider even if there is minimal swelling or limitation in motion.
The most common injuries are:
- Sprains — injuries to ligaments
- Growth plate fractures — injuries to growing bones
- Strains — injuries to muscles
- Stress fractures — injuries to bones
Here are some practical tips by the American Academy of Pediatrics that can help reduce the risk of injury:
- Take time off. Plan to have at least one day off per week and at least one month off per year from training for a particular sport to allow the body to recover.
- Gear up. Players should wear appropriate and properly fit protective equipment such as pads (neck, shoulder, elbow, chest, knee, shin), helmets, mouthpieces, face guards, protective cups, and eyewear.
- Strengthen muscles. Conditioning exercises during practice strengthens muscles used in play.
- Increase flexibility by incorporating stretching exercises at practice, as well as before and after games.
- Use the proper technique for your sport.
- Take breaks. Don’t avoid rest periods during practice and games.
- Play safely. Follow the rules against headfirst sliding (baseball and softball), spearing (football), and checking (hockey).
- Do not play through pain.
- Avoid heat-related illness by drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after physical exertion.
If medical attention is necessary, the ER-experienced medical staff at New England Urgent Care can provide a thorough evaluation of your child as well as X-rays, splints and durable medical supplies including surgical boots, crutches and slings, if needed.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics