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Did you know that elementary-aged children get, on average, eight to twelve cases of the flu each school year? Germs are out of our control, especially in places like day cares, classrooms, and cafeterias. However, you do have control over the health of your child’s immune system. Here are some important practices to instill in […]
Sports Physicals, also called preparticipation physical examinations (PPEs), are an important part of determining whether your child is ready for vigorous physical activity, and have long been required by most schools for youth participation in sports. Over the last decade or so, similar requirements have emerged for specialized summer camps and other extra-curricular activities. Why […]
With the unofficial start to summer behind us, and the temperatures that go with it, you’re certainly already thinking about beating the heat. While that often means working on that healthy tan and finding the coolest swimming hole, it’s important to pay attention to heat related health risks. The three most common heat-related illnesses are […]
The warm weather has returned, which means that kids and parents are getting ready for spring and summer sports. Youth sports are fantastic because they encourage hard work, sportsmanship, and a healthy lifestyle. However, they also bring opportunities for injuries and health problems. Sports injuries are common for children: 1.3 million kids went to the […]
Influenza Update – 3/28/2017 Influenza activity decreased again this week, however, South Carolina still reported high and widespread activity. A total of 5,807 influenza cases were reported from 43 counties representing all four regions this week. Since October 2, 2016, there have been 64,337 reported cases of influenza statewide. This week, 6.79% of patient visits […]
It’s the time of the year that allergy sufferers hate the most. Each morning, as we walk out the door, we are welcome by a faint yellow coating that covers every car in sight. This is brought on by dreaded pollen. With a large percentage of the population complaining about their seasonal allergies, or hay […]
Come by a local MEDcare for a FREE FLU SHOT while supplies last. COLUMBIA, SC – Thursday, January 28th – The flu season can last from October through May, according to the Center for Disease Control, so don’t let expense stand in the way of getting a Flu Shot. Because doctors and staff at three […]
Handwashing is like a “do-it-yourself” vaccine—it involves five simple steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry). Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds. Regular […]