Vacation? Protect Yourself From Zika

Zika virus is a growing concern for people traveling this summer, as it has begun spreading rapidly through new regions in Central America and the United States.

Zika virus typically has very mild symptoms, but it can put people at risk of complications such as infant microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. There is currently no cure or vaccine for the Zika virus.

AFC Urgent Care wants you and your family to be protected while on vacation, so if you’re planning to travel to an area that has been affected by Zika, like Africa, Southeast Asia, Central and South America, or the Pacific Islands, read on for our tips to keep yourself safe.

Avoid going out during peak mosquito activity. Early morning and early evening are the most active times for mosquitoes, so you should try to avoid spending a lot of time outside during those times of day. Careful planning can allow you to have breakfast and dinner inside and still enjoy the sights and experiences of your destination.

Use insect repellents. Bug sprays registered with the Environmental Protection Agency are the most likely to be effective at keeping mosquitoes away. You can also treat your clothing with permethrin, an insecticide and repellent that acts like natural extracts from the chrysanthemum flower. This chemical is widely-used by public health mosquito control programs, and it can give the wearer a bubble of protection.

Studies have shown that permethrin is one of few pesticides that could be safe for young children.

Use barriers like netting and clothing. You can add a physical barrier between you and mosquitoes by wearing loose-fitting clothing that covers most of your skin. Thin, loose fabric can keep you cool in warm climates, while allowing you to protect yourself from bites. You can also add mosquito netting to baby strollers, hats and hotel rooms that don’t have window screens or air conditioning. These measures can keep you protected around the clock!

Use condoms or abstinence. To prevent sexual transmission of the Zika virus, doctors recommend the same measures you can take against other sexually transmitted diseases. Employing physical barriers like condoms or abstaining from sexual activity are two very effective ways to protect yourself from Zika!

The Zika virus has begun to spread quickly through countries like Brazil, and many cases have been confirmed in the United States. While the disease can be unnoticeable when you contract it, there are complications that can make the virus a much bigger health problem.

If you need more information, visit your local AFC Urgent Care for advice on vaccines and other ways you can keep your family healthy while on vacation!
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Certified Radiologic Technologist Job Opening

Memphis Area Candidates: Come join the AFC Urgent Care Team!

Certified Radiologic Technologist Job Description:

-Full time

-The shift is 8am-8pm Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday

-Applicant must be registered in radiology through the ARRT

-Tennessee state license is preferred

-Experience is preferred, but not required

-Job responsibilities include but are not limited to: X-ray, Front Desk, Triage, EKG, Labs, Breath Alcohol Testing, and DOT Drug screens

-Must have good attitude, get along well with others, have a good bedside manner to deal with sick patients, and willing to take directions

-Knowledge of EMR DocuTAP, MS Word and Excel preferred

Please send resume and references and a digital copy of your current ARRT card and Tennessee State License to memphisteam@afcurgentcare.com

 

 

 

Job Openings at AFC Urgent Care Memphis

Full Time Xray Techs Needed

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Full time Xray tech needed at #AFC Urgent Care in Memphis. Schedule: Sat, Sun, Mon 8 am until 8 pm. Send resumes to memphisteam@afcurgentcare.com

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Licensed full time and part time doctors are needed at #AFC Urgent Care in Memphis. Areas of specialty: urgent care, emergency room care, internal medicine, pediatrics, or family care. Schedule: Sat, Sun, Mon 8 am until 8 pm. Send CVs/resumes to memphisteam@afcurgentcare.com

 

Have You Heard About What Has Happened At Doctors Express?

We started out as Doctors Express in 2010 here in Memphis and last year, we merged with American Family Care.

For a year now, we’ve been known as AFC/Doctors Express Memphis, providing urgent care in a walk-in clinic setting for ages 6 and older and in a family-friendly environment.

Here’s what is going to happen since we are changing to AFC Urgent Care: Nothing, really. Except the name change.

Some things really do stay the same and here’s what you’ll get from us as we begin the name change to AFC Urgent Care:

You’ll never need an appointment at AFC Urgent Care in Memphis. We operate on a first come, first served basis.

We also will continue offering occupational health services and treating work comp injuries. We will still be a DOT certified clinic for medical services needed to certify a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) or to re-certify one and we will still be doing DOT-required BATs (Blood Alcohol Tests).

Patients Will Always See A Doctor At AFC Urgent Care

We’re still going to be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

We still will be accepting most insurance plans. If you have questions about insurance or need directions, please feel free to call us at 901-881-0331.

We’re still going to be located at 5475 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119, near the intersection of Poplar & Yates and just a block and a half west of the I-240 & Poplar Interchange.

Get Quality, Fast, Convenient Medical Care at AFC Urgent Care

Our professional and experienced medical staff will still be treating numerous medical needs, including:

-DOT & INS Physicals
-Drug Screens
-Colds & Coughs
-Flu & Strep
-Breaks & Sprains
-Infections
-Allergies, Bites & Rashes
-Lacerations & Burns
-Earaches, Fevers & Pediatric Illness
-Upset Stomachs & Vomiting
-Various Aches & Pains
-Sports Injuries
-Sinus Cocktail Shots w/Doctor Consultation and Approval

And, we will still be providing our patients with high-quality urgent care at a lower cost than traditional primary care.

Why wait to see a primary care doctor where you must have an appointment when you can walk in to AFC Urgent Care with no appointment needed and see a doctor, usually in 15 minutes or less?

We have a comfortable waiting area and a very friendly and professional staff of doctors, x-ray technologists, and medical assistants who are here to not only provide you with high quality care but to also make your visit to AFC Urgent Care a positive experience.

As always – In case of a life threatening emergency, immediately call 911 or go straight to the nearest emergency room.

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3 Things to do “Cautiously” This Winter

Here are 3 things to approach with extra caution this holiday season:

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1. Winter sports: Skiing, sledding, and snowboarding can be fun but make sure everyone in your family wears the proper protective gear when enjoying the snow.

hanginglights2. Decorating: Because decorations are usually in use for a month or two a year, dust and other allergens can build up in and on your storage containers. Simply wiping down these containers, as well as washing your hands once you are finished, can help you down the road to good health. Also, be sure to carefully monitor any lit candles that are a part of your holiday decor. And be careful on that ladder hanging holiday decorations!

how-can-you-avoid-getting-sick-at-work-1801886002-oct-27-2012-1-600x4003. Attending Office and Holiday Parties: As family and friends gather for parties, you will be in close contact with lots of people – and thus more susceptible to encountering new germs. Make sure to wash your hands often to help prevent illness from spreading this holidays.

To see one of our doctors about how to stay well this holiday season, or to receive diagnosis and treatment for your sickness or injury, please visit AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care in Memphis. You never need an appointment and we’re open 7 days a week.

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7 Must Knows on Winter and Holiday Health and Safety

54db54f1c38e184df250bb0f9dd06f3cThe holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Here are some holiday tips to support your efforts for health and safety this season.

1. Keep your hands clean by washing them often.

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 often with soap and clean running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. Remember:

  • 1a. Cover Your Mouth When You Cough (cough into your sleeve or elbow NOT your hands)
  • 1b. Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives

2. Stay warm.

Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry, and dress warmly in several layers. Remember:

  • 2a. Stay dry
  • 2b. Dress in warm layers

3. Manage stress.

The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook. Keep your commitments and spending in check. Balance work, home, and play. Get support from family and friends. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Make sure to get proper sleep. Remember:

  • 3a. Don’t overcommit – to parties, events, or volunteer work
  • 3b. Get enough sleep
  • 3c. Don’t overspend

4. Travel safely.

Whether you’re traveling across town or around the world, help ensure your trip is safe. Don’t drink and drive, and don’t let someone else drink and drive. Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt appropriate for his/her height, weight, and age. Remember:

  • 4a. Don’t drink and drive
  • 4b. Don’t ride with anyone drinking and driving
  • 4c. Wear your seatbelt all the time, even for short distances
  • 4d. Always buckle in the children
  • 4e. Use the right car safety restraint for your child’s age/height/weight

5. Be smoke-free.

Avoid smoking and breathing other people’s smoke. If you smoke, quit today! Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or talk to your health care provider for help.

6. Get check-ups.

Exams and screenings can help find potential problems early, when the chances for treatment and cure are often better. Call us at (901) 254-8040 about needed check-ups and exams. We can tell you on the phone about them or you can come to AFC/Doctors Express, no appointment needed, and see a doctor.

7. Get Vaccinations.

Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Our vaccination clinic partner is any Shot Nurse in the Memphis area. You may call Shot Nurse directly at (901) 685-9999 to ask them what vaccinations and tests you should get based on your age, lifestyle, travel plans, medical history, and family health history or click here to go to the Shot Nurse web site for more information on their vaccination services.

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Happy, Healthy, Holidays

Food is a hallmark of the holiday season. We sit around the table, poised to dive into tempting treats, as soon as we have offered thanks.

While we eat, or after we have consumed a great meal, we talk about our comfortable homes, or new jobs, or the chance to spend time with family.

We are being thankful, we think. Being thankful means pausing to think about what is important in our lives as well as why these things are important.

Yet how many of us give thanks for our health? Being healthy extends beyond not having the sniffles.

Perhaps being healthy means that you are able to get up and move around after experiencing a broken leg. If you take that thought one step further, it also means that you are able to take a stroll with loved ones after dinner. It could mean that this year you push yourself to beat your personal record in an upcoming road race or that you enjoy dancing with friends over the weekend.

Maybe your good health is defined by a new pair of eyeglasses. Of course, your gratitude is not really about the eyeglasses themselves. It’s about the fact that you can read a book, see your granddaughter’s smile, and drive a car. It’s about luxuriating in the colors of fall and the twinkle of holiday lights.

Perhaps good health means that your little boy is no longer suffering from croup. Today, he’s outside tossing a football with his buddy, and you can hear his giggle. He’s back to gym class now and able to keep up with the other kids. You feel a break from the worry.

Of course, it’s important to keep good health in mind year-round. To maintain your good health, practice good self-care habits, such as:

  • Schedule routine checkups. Make an appointment for a checkup with your family practice doctor to get answers to your health care questions.
  • Schedule eye appointments. Even if you currently have no problems with your vision, it’s important to visit the eye doctor periodically. This gives the doctor a chance to observe any changes to your sight over time.
  • Exercise. From weight loss to stress reduction, the health benefits of exercise are numerous. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, an average adult should be getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week.
  • Stay hydrated. It will keep you feeling refreshed and more alert. If you have trouble remembering to drink water, consider carrying a bottle with you throughout the day or keeping a large cup on your desk at work.
  • Get your rest. Sleep is your body’s chance to restore itself, and its benefits are numerous. From improved mood to better mental processing to decreased risk for a variety of serious health problems, a good night’s rest is key to your health.

Good health is an expansive idea. It definitely means addressing uncomfortable medical symptoms, but it also means taking care of yourself throughout the year so you can embrace life and all it has to offer on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

As we at AFC/Doctors Express Memphis extend our tidings to you for a happy and healthy holiday season, we hope that you will reflect on your own health and the ways in which it allows you to create a vibrant rewarding life.

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