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What is Urgent Care and When Should You Use It?

Urgent care is designed to provide medical services in half the time it takes patients to see a doctor, if they were to enter an emergency room setting. Urgent care centers are equipped with the latest equipment, so doctors can accurately diagnose and treat mild to moderate injuries, illnesses and diseases.

Urgent care facilities provide the same quality of care that emergency room gives, but with one exception. The wait time in urgent care is considerably less. Urgent care facilities treat patients with a wide range of medical conditions from flu like symptoms to bacterial infection signs and symptoms.

The most common illnesses are colds, flu, viruses and viral and bacterial infections. These illnesses are often seen in children, but they are not immune to adults.

Urgent Care Centers Provide Treatment for a Variety of Illnesses

Bacterial infections occur when germs or toxins enter the body. Bacteria enters the body through openings in the skin, mouth, nose, or eyes. Once, bacteria (which is considered a foreign material), enter the body, it begins to multiply and spread to other areas of the body, at this point, the bacteria then weakens the immune system, making it easier for other germs to invade the body. One single bacteria can reproduce more than 70 billion like bacteria in less than 24 hours.

The longer patients wait for treatment the more aggressive the bacteria become. This aggressive behavior will only lessen with medical attention, and the administration of medication. Parents are not aware of the signs and symptoms associated with bacterial infections, but doctors treat bacterial infections every day. These symptoms are hard to escape the eyes of trained medical professionals.

Bacterial infection signs and symptoms are not uncommon, and are easily mistaken for other diseases. As the bacteria spread its deadly toxin, symptoms occur, which often worsen as the bacteria continues to grow. Symptoms include pain, swelling and fever. Doctors at urgent care centers can diagnose and treat patients of all ages.

Benefits of Urgent Care Centers for Parents- Individuals- Families

Patients pressed for time and need to see the doctor on their lunch break or after work can walk into the urgent center, without an appointment, and get a quick and accurate diagnosis. Moms can bring in their little ones and let doctors treat them quicker than they can schedule an appointment with their pediatrician, and parents can avoid the long wait time.

What Do You Need to Know About Vaccination for Travel?

Travelers to other countries often face health issues they wouldn’t ordinarily experience at home. To minimize your risks of becoming seriously ill when traveling abroad, you should find out in advance whether any specific immunizations may be recommended for travel to the region of the world you’ll be visiting. It’s also a good time to review your own immunization history.

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Your next trip could end with a Turtle selfie!

It’s best to schedule a visit to your doctor four to six weeks before an international trip. Since your body needs time to build up immunity after receiving a vaccine and many vaccines are given in a series over time, getting an early start on your immunizations is the best way to protect yourself. Even if you are making a last-minute trip or plan to leave in less than four weeks, you should still check with your doctor to see if any vaccines or preventive medications might be recommended.

The CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) divides travel vaccinations into three categories: routine, recommended, and required. The only vaccine classified as “required” by International Health Regulations is the yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America.

Routine vaccinations 

Routine vaccinations are those that are normally administered, usually during childhood, in the United States. These include immunizations against

  • diphtheria,
  • tetanus,
  • pertussis,
  • measles,
  • mumps,
  • rubella,
  • pneumococcus.
  • poliomyelitis,
  • hepatitis B,
  • hepatitis A,
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b,
  • rotavirus,
  • meningococcus,
  • human papillomavirus, and
  • Varicella,

International travelers should make sure that these vaccinations are up to date and that no boosters are required, since many conditions which are rare in the U.S. due to immunity in the general population may be more common in other countries.

Recommended Vaccinations

Recommended vaccinations are given to protect travelers from illnesses that occur routinely in other parts of the world. Express Healthcare Doctors determine which vaccines are recommended for international travel on an individual basis, taking into consideration your destination, whether you will be spending time in rural areas, the season of the year you are traveling, your age, your overall health status, and your immunization history.

Required Vaccinations

The only vaccine required by International Health Regulations is yellow fever vaccination for travel to certain countries in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America. Meningococcal vaccination is required by the government of Saudi Arabia for annual travel during the Hajj.

Our board certified physicians will provide comprehensive health care that includes consultation and immunization services; after checking your current health and ask about your medical history and knowing your destination the physician will offer appropriate vaccines (according to CDC Guidelines) and optimum and up to date health information for your travel needs (such as insect precautions and insect repellents, Anti-Malarial, water and food precautions, current outbreaks and health safety measures).

You can walk-in to our urgent care clinics any day during the year. Our office personnel and medical staff speak English, Spanish, Somali, Chinese and Arabic. Appointments are recommended at Med-Ped Health Care (301-345-4400), however the physicians can see patients on a walk-in basis at Express Healthcare (301-345-6600).