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There’s a New Flu Shot in New Orleans

Questions answered in this article:

– How bad will flu season 2015 be?

– What is the difference between Quadrivalent and Trivalent flu shots?

– Why is the Quadrivalent flu shot better?

– Is the flu vaccine safe?

– Should everyone get the flu vaccine?

– How much is the flu shot at Urgent Care MD New Orleans?

 

Flu season is quickly approaching, and you know what that means: time for everyone in the family to get a flu shot. Getting vaccinated now is your first line of defense against the flu, and no clinic is better prepared to help with that than we are at Urgent Care MD New Orleans.

 

Dr. Patrick Dennis, proud member of Urgent Care MD's medical staff.

Urgent Care MD’s Dr. Patrick Dennis expects this year’s flu to be just as rough as last year.

 

As Dr. Patrick Dennis explains, “Based on last year’s severity of flu cases and an early onset of positive flu tests in clinics, we predict this year will be equally severe. Early vaccination is the best defense against a bad flu season. Protect your family, and get them vaccinated.” This year, we’re going one step further and using the new Quadrivalent flu vaccine in order to offer you and your family the strongest protection available on the market.

 

The Quadrivalent vaccine was approved for use in 2012 and, as the name suggests, it protects against four unique flu viruses, as opposed to the traditional Trivalent vaccine, which protects against only three. The CDC website states that the traditional vaccine protects against two influenza “A” viruses and one influenza “B” virus, even though there are two strains of “B” viruses that can cause illness. This means if you stick with the usual shot, you’left vulnerable and unprotected. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine drives this point home by showing that the Quadrivalent vaccine was 70% effective in preventing more serious cases of the flu and resulted in 77% fewer child absences from school – in practical terms, that means less sick days and time away from your daily life.

 

Quadrivalent flu shots are in at Urgent Care MD New Orleans in Lakeview.

Quadrivalent flu shots are in at Urgent Care MD New Orleans in Lakeview.

 

The Quadrivalent vaccine may be new, but it’s still safe: it’s made the exact same way as older flu vaccines, with the only difference being that there’s additional protection. Expected side effects are the same as with other flu vaccines, and it takes two weeks for protection to start. The Quadrivalent formulation can be given to people over 6 months of age. There are a small number of people who should not receive the flu shot, but the doctors at Urgent Care MD will screen you to make sure you’re safe to receive it. Dr. Dennis reminds everyone that we all need an annual flu shot to maintain protection because “each year, the virus strains can mutate and become resistant; therefore, the antibodies you produced last year may not protect you against this year’s strains. Each year’s vaccines are adjusted to provide more adequate coverage against the year’s predicted strains.”

 

How much will it cost? Most insurances cover the cost of a flu shot. But, Urgent Care MD New Orleans is proud to announce that our self-pay price for the 2015 Quadrivalent flu vaccine is only $30! We’re very proud to say that Urgent Care MD in Lakeview has one of the lowest prices in town.

 

The important thing is that you’re thinking of getting your flu vaccine, but don’t stop at that. Don’t you want to make sure your family is as protected as possible from the flu? Only a limited number of all flu shots made will be Quadrivalent this season, and we’ve got it in stock at Urgent Care MD. Come see us today for a quick and easy visit so you can be fully prepared for fall!

 

Don't risk getting sick this Halloween, come see us at Urgent Care MD New Orleans!

Don’t risk getting sick this Halloween, come see us at Urgent Care MD New Orleans!

 

By combining the skills of emergency room trained doctors and nurse practitioners, along with friendly office staff, Urgent Care MD prides itself on providing fast and efficient urgent care for all of New Orleans.

Urgent Care MD is located in Lakeview, at 826 Harrison Ave., New Orleans, LA 70124, (504) 309-7108.

No appointment necessary, just walk-in!

Urgent Care MD, why wait?

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Meet Urgent Care MD’s Newest Staff Member

At Urgent Care MD, we are always looking to expand our team. Especially when we come across someone who is both friendly and incredibly professional. Such is the case with our newest team member, Ricky Phillips, DNP!

Meet, Dr. Ricky Phillips, UCMD's newest nurse practitioner!

Meet Ricky Phillips, DNP, UCMD’s newest nurse practitioner!

An Air Force veteran with over 20 years of health care experience, Ricky Phillips is a board certified family nurse practitioner. He received his Associates of Science in registered nursing from Pensacola Community College. Both his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Nursing came from Loyola University New Orleans. His Doctor of Nursing Practice degree came from Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, he was an emergency/flight nurse, and clinical manager in a large emergency department located in the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Ricky is not just a great nurse practitioner, he’s a great person. As is the case with many of our team members, we’re especially excited that he is an armed forces veteran. Dedication to our country is something we take great pride in at Urgent Care MD.

Ricky will spend time between both our Lakeview and Mid-City locations.

Interested in becoming a member of the fast growing Urgent Care MD New Orleans team?

Send an email today, along with your resume, to chanelm.ucmd@gmail.com!

 

By combining the skills of emergency room trained doctors and nurse practitioners, along with friendly office staff, Urgent Care MD prides itself on providing fast and efficient urgent care for all of New Orleans.

Urgent Care MD has two locations in New Orleans, 826 Harrison Ave in Lakeview, and 2525 Canal in Mid-City. No appointment necessary, just walk-in!

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Are you ready for summer in New Orleans?

As April showers turn into May flowers, New Orleans is preparing for another hot, steamy summer.

Are you ready?

Specifically, have you given your health any thought lately? 

Summer sunAt Urgent Care MD, we specialize in offering a wide range of health services, with the convenience of no-appointment-necessary urgent care speed.

 

Summer activities

New Orleans’ spring has been super rainy, leaving many residents chomping at the bit to get outside. Playing tennis at City Park, hitting the golf course, and taking a run the neighborhood are just some activities we enjoy during the steamy summer months. While it’s easy to say nothing will ever happen, you should always know where to head if something goes wrong. Urgent Care MD is able to treat all sorts of sports injuries, and even has X-ray capabilities on hand to make sure everything is a-ok.

Almost forgot! Urgent Care MD even offers IV hydration therapy should you find yourself really feeling the New Orleans’ heat. 

 

Summer Allergies & Colds

We bring this up a lot because, let’s face it, New Orleans nature causes a lot of cold and allergy issues. At Urgent Care MD in Lakeview and Canal, we offer painless alternatives to allergy shots. UCMD can also be your source for quick checkups regarding sniffles & sneezes that may be more than pesky allergies. If you find that your throat feels scratchy, drop by our offices for a quick checkup. From asthma, to a simple cold, our emergency room trained doctors can help you breathe easier.

Need an immune boost to avoid getting run down by summer sickness? Urgent Care MD has a brand new supply of B12 shots ready for you on a walk-in basis.

 

Don’t spend all summer sitting at the doctor

Convenience is a big reason why Urgent Care MD is a great option for so many people in New Orleans. You NEVER need an appointment to stop by and get a quick check up. Our staff works very hard to be incredibly friendly, and super fast. You, the kids, parents, and people of all ages, are treated quickly, and with the utmost care at Urgent Care MD. 

Are you planner? We do offer appointment times should you want to nail down that schedule of yours. Click here to schedule a time right now.

One more thing, UCMD offers some of the best Urgent Care prices in New Orleans. We do accept most insurance coverage, but just case you don’t want to deal with it, we take cash too!

 

 

By combining the skills of emergency room trained doctors and nurse practitioners, along with friendly office staff, Urgent Care MD prides itself on providing fast and efficient urgent care for all of New Orleans.

Urgent Care MD has two locations in New Orleans, 826 Harrison Ave in Lakeview, and 2525 Canal in Mid-City. No appointment necessary, just walk-in!

Urgent Care MD, why wait?

 

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Urgent Care MD = Best Cash Prices in New Orleans

When it comes to health care, there is a lot of talk about how to pay for it.

Before you start fumbling for your deeply buried insurance cards, Urgent Care MD would like to make things nice and easy for you.

Whether you’re headed to our Lakeview or Mid-City location, UCMD offers the best urgent care cash prices in New Orleans.

UCMD has some of the best cash prices in NOLA!

UCMD has some of the best cash prices in NOLA!

No matter what your emergency, $99 is all it takes to see one of our emergency room trained doctors or technicians. Also, because Urgent Care MD is founded by Veterans, we offer a special $79 rate for those who have served our country.

Why pay cash?

Maybe the insurance you carry has a large deductible or a really small network? Also, it’s just easier to pay a cash price and not worry about insurance junk mail later.

So, once again, Urgent Care MD’s cash prices are…

$99 or, if you are a veteran, $79

Not feeling well? Come see us. We’ll take care of you, and your pocketbook.

🙂

 

By combining the skills of emergency room trained doctors and nurse practitioners, along with friendly office staff, Urgent Care MD prides itself on providing fast and efficient urgent care for all of New Orleans.

Urgent Care MD has two locations in New Orleans, 826 Harrison Ave in Lakeview, and 2525 Canal in Mid-City. No appointment necessary, just walk-in!

Urgent Care MD, why wait?

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6 Back to School Health Concerns Lakeview Parents Need to Know

It’s that time of year again!

The back to school season is upon us, and parents all over New Orleans are getting kids ready for class. With the stress of school supply shopping and the threat of homework looming, it’s easy to forget that back to school also means thinking about kid’s health.

Summer is almost over for students at Hynes Elementary in Lakeview.

Summer is almost over for students at Hynes Elementary in Lakeview.

At Urgent Care MD (UCMD), we’ve made note of kid’s health subjects that have been popping up recently here in Lakeview. The UCMD staff decided to put together the following list of local health trends you should know about.

Strep Throat

UCMD has seen many cases of strep in Lakeview over the past few months. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be slowing down as back to school season starts up. The bacteria that causes strep are highly transmittable, especially in classrooms. According to the CDC, If your child is experiencing persistent symptoms such as throat pain, fever, or vomiting, it may not necessarily be strep. But it never hurts to get them checked out.

Mono

Mononucleosis is another illness that likes to lurk during back to school time. KidsHealth.org says it’s important for kids not to share things like forks, straws, water bottles, or lip gloss at school. This nasty virus can hang around for a long time, making kids feel run down and achy. UCMD has treated many patients, both kids and adults, for mono over the past month.

Flu

Just to make things even more confusing, the flu seems to be creeping around Lakeview too. How do you know whether your child has the flu as opposed to mono or strep? Web MD says the key flu indicator symptoms for kids are high fever, chills, shakes, body aches, sore throat, headaches and a dry hacking cough. The flu also loves to spread amongst people in close quarters, like classrooms.

Mount Carmel is ready to go.

Mount Carmel is ready to go.

HPV Vaccine

Humanpapillomavirus is the main cause of cervical cancer in women. The CDC recommends that both boys and girls ages 11-12 receive the HPV vaccine. Yes, it’s not necessarily the easiest subject in the world regarding your kids. But as we’ve learned over the past few years, it is a very important one.

Dehydration

New Orleans loves sports, especially school sports. With all those try-outs and practices happening all over town in our hot and humid climate, it is important to think about dehydration. Check out this handy dehydration and youth sports guide from the Mayo Clinic for some in-depth info on keeping your kids safe.

Physicals and Medical Tests

Every single school year brings a slew of mandatory medical exams for students, teachers, school staff, and anyone else involved with kids. Sports physicals, school physicals, TB tests, and many more, are all available without appointment at UCMD.

What should you do?

The stress of back to school can quickly get overwhelming for both kids and parents. Being proactive is easily the best form of protection. Make sure to teach your kids to thoroughly wash their hands and practice other preventative hygiene habits. Playing sports? Make sure children are well hydrated and have been properly checked out before hitting the field.

St. Paul's on Harrison in Lakeview.

St. Paul’s on Harrison in Lakeview.

Also, watch out for yourself. It is not just kids that can get sick during back to school time. Hopefully this list will help you and the kids have a great start to the new school year here in Lakeview and New Orleans!

Have questions or would like to add to the list? Email ucmdharrison@gmail.com or call our office at (504) 309-7108

Urgent Care MD (UCMD) is made up of emergency trained physicians & friendly staff providing the fastest, highest quality urgent medical care in Lakeview. Serving all of New Orleans, appointments are never necessary.

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