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Frostbite: Symptoms and Prevention

Winter is the time for fun and games in the cold – from skiing to sledding to building snowmen. It’s important, however, to keep yourself and your family safe by knowing the danger of prolonged exposure to cold, windy weather.

One of the greatest risks of exposure to below-freezing winds and winter air is frostbite, a […]

By |January 20th, 2019|Blog, Health Updates, Medical Minutes|0 Comments

Christmas Tree Syndrome: Is Your Tree Making You Sick?

Christmas is just around the corner and it’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? – until your Christmas tree ends up making you sick. More than one-third of American households will put up a Christmas tree during the holiday season, and if you find yourself sneezing with a runny nose and itchy eyes […]

By |December 13th, 2018|Blog, Medical Minutes|Comments Off on Christmas Tree Syndrome: Is Your Tree Making You Sick?

College Vaccines for Freshman: Q & A

Have a child on their way to college? College opens up a new world of opportunity, but also a new world of risks. Communal living spaces, less-than-sanitary conditions, and irregular sleeping habits all can leave students vulnerable to disease. That’s why prevention is key, and vaccines are now being required for your incoming freshman, especially if […]

By |August 13th, 2018|Blog, Health Updates, Medical Minutes|Comments Off on College Vaccines for Freshman: Q & A

10 Important Safety Tips When Around Fireworks

We love the  fourth of July. It’s a wonderful day, weekend… often week… filled with backyard bar-b-ques, celebrations, and fireworks. But for about 230 families a year, it also means a trip to the emergency room. This year especially, because the holiday falls mid-week, we have an extended 4th of July celebration; more opportunities for fun, but also […]

By |July 1st, 2018|Blog, Medical Minutes|Comments Off on 10 Important Safety Tips When Around Fireworks

Is it Flu Or is It a Cold?

Learn how to tell whether you have a bad cold, or flu. Sneezing, headache, fever, chills, aches and chest discomfort will are flu symptoms. Cold symptoms usually include sneezing, sore throat, minor aches and pains, a cough, congestion and a runny nose. Often these can overlap. The table below will help you distinguish whether you […]

By |December 29th, 2017|Blog, Health Updates, Medical Minutes|0 Comments

What is the Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine?

You’ve probably been getting a flu shot since you were a wee child– 6 months old to be exact. That’s the age the CDC recommends children begin getting the annual vaccine. Not much has changed about the vaccine you’ve been getting for ages until the development of a quadrivalent version in 2012. AFC is here to […]

By |November 26th, 2017|Blog, Medical Minutes, News & Updates|Comments Off on What is the Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine?

How To Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween

Remember when the only challenge you had at Halloween was which superhero your child wanted to be? It’s a whole new world out there these days with everything from candy concerns to clown threats. What’s a trick-or-treater to do when all he or she wants is to come home with a bag full of loot […]

By |October 25th, 2017|Blog, Health News, Medical Minutes|Comments Off on How To Keep Your Kids Safe This Halloween

Flu or a Cold? How to Know

October brings many things, from colorful leaves to cooler weather, however, it’s also the start of flu season. Seems early, doesn’t it?  Fear not, as the flu, if dealt with early on, is preventable, which is why we need to talk about the flu now. Sometimes, however it can be hard to know if what you have is the flu or […]

By |October 14th, 2017|Blog, Medical Minutes, News & Updates|Comments Off on Flu or a Cold? How to Know

Young Athletes and Concussions; What You Should Know

Here we are! It is fall sports and football season once more.  As we head into the season, our young athletes and the thought of concussions are a bigger concern than ever before, as we now are more aware than ever that the dangers of traumatic brain injuries are real. Although primarily occurring in football players, they are […]

By |September 22nd, 2017|Blog, Medical Minutes|Comments Off on Young Athletes and Concussions; What You Should Know

How You Can Protect Against West Nile Virus

For the last few years, summer in Connecticut has been wrought with a few insect related health alerts that we need to be aware of. Ticks, especially Lyme Disease carrying deer ticks are one, Zika and West Nile virus, transmitted via mosquitos are the others. Last summer alone, 19 Connecticut towns reported mosquitos carrying the West […]

By |July 26th, 2017|Blog, Medical Minutes|Comments Off on How You Can Protect Against West Nile Virus
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