Why Winter is Prime Time for Flu Outbreaks

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to report high flu activity throughout the United States. This means that more hospitalizations are being reported and flu-related deaths are increasing, although this year’s flu season appears to be an average one so far. Between October 1, 2016 and February 11, 2017, more than 8,200 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported nationally. RediClinic reminds all people that the seasonal flu shot remains the most effective way to prevent illness, complications and death caused by the flu virus.
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Family Corner: Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease on the Rise

hand foot and mouth diseaseIt’s that time of year when many viruses start making their presence known, and lately one virus has been more prevalent than usual. Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is a highly contagious illness that is most commonly seen in young children, but can affect adults. In late 2016, HFMD outbreaks began appearing across the country, including an outbreak at Florida State University and another at the University of Illinois. RediClinic, your neighborhood walk-in clinic, offers more information about this disease. Read more »

5 Things to Know About the Norovirus Stomach Bug

Norovirus Stomach BugWinter is prime time not only for cold and flu viruses; it’s also the peak season for norovirus, an extremely contagious gastrointestinal virus that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus spreads quickly through contact with infected people, and by consuming contaminated food or drink or touching contaminated surfaces. Read more »

Identifying the Difference Between a Cold & Pneumonia

difference between cough and pneumoniaLike many people, you may have developed an annoying cough this winter. In most cases, the cause of a cough is nothing more than the common cold or flu. However, that lingering cough could also be a sign of pneumonia. Because pneumonia has many symptoms in common with less serious illnesses, it can be difficult to diagnose and treat early. Many people delay seeking medical attention because they think their illness will go away with home treatment. Read more »

How to Get Cedar Fever Symptoms Under Control

cedar fever treatmentUnfortunately for a big percentage of Central Texas residents, the 2016-17 cedar fever season got an early start as a result of rainy weather and mild temperatures earlier in the year. On December 29, strong winds caused cedar pollen counts to skyrocket to nearly 22,000 grains per cubic meter. This reading was the second-highest count ever recorded in Austin, topped only by a pollen count of 32,000 grains per cubic meter in the mid-1990s. Read more »

Texas Reports Its First Homegrown Zika Virus Case

zika virusTexas has reported its first case of locally transmitted Zika virus, making it the second state in which the disease is believed to have been spread from person to person by mosquitoes. The Texas Department of State Health Services made the report in late November.

Local transmission of the Zika virus was identified in Florida in July 2016. Miami-Dade County quickly became a hotspot for the virus, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later advised all pregnant women to avoid travel to the area to avoid infection. Read more »