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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.

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Don’t Be Spooked by Flu Shots!

Happy Halloween from the staff at  Urgent Care MD on Harrison in Lakeview!

As far as holidays go, the scary time of year is over. That doesn’t mean there aren’t things out there you should be afraid of.

Don't be spooked by Flu Shots

Don’t be spooked by Flu Shots

The flu changes every year, which is why the Centers for Disease Control says “everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine.” The CDC also adds, ” It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop full protection against the flu. Get vaccinated now to protect yourself and your loved ones!”

At Urgent Care MD (UCMD), you can walk in during office hours, get your flu shot, and be back out the door within minutes. While you never need an appointment, if you’d like to schedule a time, check out our easy to use online scheduling system.

Not only do we offer up quick flu shots, Urgent Care MD can set up a day to come to your office, organization, or group and take care of immunizations for everyone at once! Click here to check out a cool time-lapse video of UCMD giving flu shots at Sher Garner Law Firm in downtown New Orleans.

Don’t be spooked by the flu shot. Come to UCMD on Harrison in Lakeview today and make sure you keep those scary flu bugs away!

(Coming soon, flu shots and more at our new location at 2525 Canal in Mid-City New Orleans!)

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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.


Mononucleosis is another illness that likes to lurk during back to school time. 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.


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.


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 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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