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Child Flu: What To Do When Your Child Is Sick

The flu is an infection of the respiratory tract. It’s caused by a virus that spreads easily from person to person. Flu season in the U.S. is from October all the way through May. The flu is highly contagious, so it can begin being spread from day before you experience any symptoms, and continue to be contagious until …

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Hypothermia Symptoms and How to Treat it

With the recent frigid temperatures and high winds there is a particular health risk that we must address: Hypothermia. Hypothermia can occur when you least expect it if you are not properly prepared for the below freezing temperatures, whether while shoveling snow for an extended period of time, in a stuck car during a storm, or a …

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Christmas Tree Making You Sick? Here’s What to Do

More than one-third of American households will put up a Christmas tree during the holiday season. Shortly there- after, many may begin experiencing suspicious symptoms mimicking seasonal allergies. This can include sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. If you have any of these symptoms, don’t panic, you’re not allergic to Christmas, although it may feel …

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How to Know If My Child is Allergic to Bee Stings

Have you noticed that the bees buzzing around are a lot angrier these days? It’s not your imagination…they’re mad. Late summer into early fall is the height of “angry bee” season. As bees and wasps near the end of their life cycle, they become increasingly aggressive.  Here at AFC Urgent Care West Hartford we have seen …

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11 Fireworks Safety Steps to Ensure a Safe Fourth of July

We love the  fourth of July as much as the next guy, and let’s be honest: much of it is because of the fireworks. We get it! This year especially, because the holiday falls mid-week, we have an extended 4th of July celebration; more opportunities for fun, but also more opportunities for fireworks mishaps as …

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