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The Lifecycle of the Flu

Most years, the terms “flu season” and “flu shot” are viewed as a pesky seasonal rite of passage, a nuisance, another thing on your to-do list. But this year, the virulent H3N2 virus — which has been circulating for 50 years and dubbed the “Hong Kong flu” — is getting peoples’ attention.

The 2017–2018 flu season […]

By |February 14th, 2018|Blog, News & Updates|Comments Off on The Lifecycle of the Flu

Runny, Stuffy, Sniffles and More!

A drip, a scratch, a-choo, a stuffy nose and a cough. These are the tell-tale signs of the most common ailment in the world — the common cold. Between the drier air outside, which may make your nose drier and more vulnerable to a viral infection, and people spending more time together inside — whether […]

By |January 23rd, 2018|Blog, News & Updates|Comments Off on Runny, Stuffy, Sniffles and More!

Why Are People with Asthma Encouraged to Get a Flu Shot?

If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve no doubt heard that the flu is sweeping the country this year. In fact, for the first time in 13 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that the entire contiguous United States, excluding Washington DC, is showing widespread flu at one time!

Getting a […]

By |January 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why Are People with Asthma Encouraged to Get a Flu Shot?

Are Extra Pounds Weighing Down Your Immune System?

It probably comes as no surprise that losing weight and getting healthy is high on the list when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. And like so many promises we make to ourselves, it’s usually easier said than done. At American Family Care, we see the effects of obesity every day. High blood pressure, heart […]

By |January 5th, 2018|Blog, News & Updates|Comments Off on Are Extra Pounds Weighing Down Your Immune System?

Stop the Flu in its Tracks

‘Tis the season . . . don’t worry: we know that the holidays have passed, but flu season is still in full swing! In fact, it is reported that during in the 2017-2018 season flu activity has been greater than in prior years. That’s why it’s critical for people to be on the lookout for […]

By |January 5th, 2018|Blog, News & Updates|Comments Off on Stop the Flu in its Tracks

Resolution Solutions For the New Year

As we inch toward the new year, American Family Care physicians have been talking with patients about lifestyle changes that can help them feel healthier. It probably comes as no surprise that these discussions mirror some of the top New Year’s resolutions — eating better, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking to name a few!

But, even […]

By |January 5th, 2018|Blog, News & Updates|Comments Off on Resolution Solutions For the New Year

Talk to Your Kids About Flu Prevention

Parents are being warned that their sweet little angels may actually be the face behind the flu. For a number of reasons, young children are generally more likely to spread the virus than are adults. Children usually have more contact with others, are undeniable germ magnets and tend have weaker immune systems, making them easy […]

By |January 5th, 2018|Blog, News & Updates|Comments Off on Talk to Your Kids About Flu Prevention

What Happens When You Get the Flu Vaccine

Winter months are setting in and flu season is ramping up. The easiest (and most effective) way to fight off the flu is to get your flu shot! Unfortunately, there are quite a few misconceptions about how the flu vaccine functions and the important role it plays in protecting your body.

How the Flu Shot Works

When […]

By |January 5th, 2018|Blog, News & Updates|Comments Off on What Happens When You Get the Flu Vaccine

Common Flu Myths & Why They Are So Dangerous

The much-dreaded flu season is here, which means it’s time to protect yourself against the virus and common myths that surround it. Every year these misconceptions surface and spread, well, like a virus. Flu myths such as these are equally as harmful as they are false, so don’t let misinformation about the flu and the […]

By |December 18th, 2017|Blog, News & Updates|Comments Off on Common Flu Myths & Why They Are So Dangerous

5 Tips for Staying Healthy During Winter Sports

Winter sports are fun but not always the safest activities. If you imagine yourself careening down a hill towards another skier or skating on the rink and then getting nailed by a hockey puck – well, you can probably see how and why plenty of cold-weather athletes wind up seeing a doctor unexpectedly.

And you don’t […]

By |December 18th, 2017|Blog, News & Updates|Comments Off on 5 Tips for Staying Healthy During Winter Sports