According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1,109 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 28 states since the beginning of 2019, an increase of 737 cases from 2018.* On January 28, 2919, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that it has confirmed a case of measles in a New Haven County adult, the first confirmed case this year in the state.**
The CDC reports:
The majority of people who contracted measles were not vaccinated
About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized
1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling, which could lead to brain damage
1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care
Measles symptoms usually start with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat and followed by a rash that spreads over the body. Measles is a highly contagious, preventable disease that spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing.
Measles can cause serious health complications, especially in children younger than five years old. There is no way to tell in advance the severity of the symptoms your child will experience.
Before walking into an urgent care center, ER or a doctor’s office, contact them first to describe your symptoms so that they can tell you what to do next if you think you may have the measles. Special arrangements can be made to evaluate you, if needed, without putting other patients and medical staff at risk.
The best protection against measles is measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, which provides long-lasting protection against all strains. Your primary care provider can administer the appropriate vaccine for your family. If you do not have a primary care provider, contact New England Primary Care at 860 744-2244.
New England Urgent Care is one of the first urgent cares in Connecticut to receive its licensing, and is the only state-licensed and nationally certified urgent care operating in West Hartford, Enfield, Manchester and Bristol.
The process was rigorous — New England Urgent Care facilities were subject to inspection and investigation. After meeting all the requirements, licensing was granted on May 28, 2019.
Why does licensing matter?
According to Connecticut lawmakers, the goal was to “better regulate this growing industry that provides an important health care service.” Dr. Michael Gutman, New England Urgent Care Medical Director, believes regulation benefits patients. He said, “It’s going to force facilities to either say ‘we’re not urgent care’ or increase quality of their care.”
In addition, New England Urgent Care and has been nationally certified since 2011 by the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA). This certification ensures New England Urgent Care has the training and on-site equipment — including x-rays, blood lab, EKG, respiratory and pharmacy — to treat patients for a broader range of illnesses and injuries than walk-ins that are not certified.
State Statue Chapter 368V § 19a-490-495 outlines the requirements that would ‘promote safe, humane and adequate care and treatment of individuals.’
Gutman added, “New England Urgent Care is capable of delivering diagnostic and treatment modalities to ill and injured patients far beyond that of a Primary Care clinic. It’s important for the public to be able to differentiate the level of services provided by clinics.”
For the second year in a row, New England Urgent Care staff have chosen to help beautify historic Elizabeth Park in Hartford. On the national register of historic places, Elizabeth Park has a little more than one hundred acres of formal gardens, green space, recreational facilities, walking paths, and a café where visitors can enjoy a meal and refreshments.
“Giving back to our community is an integral part of New England Urgent Care’s philosophy. Each year our team votes on which place or cause they would like to place their energy. This year, Elizabeth Park topped the survey for the second year in a row,” commented Luciane Mastrangeli, Lead X-ray Technologist and Marketing Coordinator.
New England Urgent Care Providers, RNs, x-ray Techs, and support staff will work along side one another to plant, dig and weed on June 6th.
Have you had little to no success with over-the-counter medications to combat the drippy nose and itchy eyes? Maybe you can do something more.
A group urgent care clinic physicians across the country have developed this list of food recommendations to help allergy sufferers fight the effects of springtime allergies.
Eat bland foods. Skip the spicy foods. They can cause your body to produce more histamines. These are chemicals your body releases during allergic reactions, which cause sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, etc.
Eat honey. Especially local honey, which contains the pollen causing your allergies. This will actually help build up your immunity towards those allergens.
Drink green tea (hot or cold). It contains natural antihistamines and can help reduce your symptoms.
Eat more fish. Omega-3s found in fatty fish, like salmon, trout or tuna boost have anti-inflammatory properties and can boost your immunity.
Eat pineapple. It’s packed with vitamins C and B, and the enzyme Bromelain, which can reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses.
They also recommend avoiding following:
Alcohol: Even one glass of wine or an alcoholic beverage could irritate existing allergies during allergy season. Researchers think the bacteria and yeast in the alcohol produce histamines.
Cow’s Milk: Products made from cow’s milk can increase mucus production, especially if you experience post nasal drip. However, goat’s milk has much less lactose and causes almost no allergies.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in histamines and share similar proteins to those found in pollen. If you eat them on high pollen-count days, the tomato proteins may cross-react with pollen and could cause what is known as “oral allergy syndrome.” Hint: if grass pollen gives you a scratchy throat, eliminate fresh tomatoes from your springtime diet.
Sugar: Avoid sweets during allergy season. A spike in blood sugar triggers an insulin response and that can lead to congestion.
If you suffer from allergy symptoms lasting more than a few days, we recommend you stop in to be checked out by a New England Urgent Care Provider.