Why Flu Vaccines Fail and What to Do When They Do Medical Science is aware that flu vaccines can fail. Why get a flu shot if you can still get the flu? That is a complex question. It’s important to be informed about diseases that can affect our health. We are our own patient advocates when it comes to our health and our family’s health. Our goal is for our local families to be informed, especially when certain illnesses like the flu can result in serious, life-threatening complications. … [Read more...] about Why Flu Vaccines Fail
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When it comes to the flu vaccine, there are decisions to make. As a community healthcare provider, we are often asked questions about flu vaccine effectiveness, when to get the flu vaccine, what ages are affected most by the flu and what are flu vaccine side-effects. The most vulnerable populations when it comes to illness are the very young and the elderly. Infant bodies are working hard to build immunities. The elderly may have compromised immunities as a result of other illness or may be … [Read more...] about Flu Vaccine Facts
Each year, an estimated 20,000,000 Americans are victims of various thyroid conditions that may not show any symptoms at all. 60 percent of them do not even know that there is something wrong. I was one of those Americans. In my case, my condition turned out to be thyroid cancer. And at the age of 34, a month before my baby girl turned 1, I had to have my entire thyroid removed. While my cancer story could employ another 10,000 words (future post alert), the focus of today’s post is to … [Read more...] about Thyroid Awareness: Know The Symptoms
What is Cervical Cancer? Cervical Cancer is a form of cancer that grows from the cervix and spreads to other parts of the body. They cause the cells in the body to grow rapidly and out of control. This form of cancer grows from the cervix. So, all women are at risk of cervical cancer, especially those above 30. The cervix connects the birth canal to the upper region of the uterus or womb. However, it occurs mostly in women that have suffered some form of infection such as HPV (Human … [Read more...] about Cervical Cancer: Reduce Your Risk
We Texans love our sports. We love to watch them and cheer on our favorite teams and players. But we also love to play them ourselves. And sometimes on the field, on the court, or in the rink, accidents happen. Sports-related injuries range from very minor bruises to potentially life-threatening accidents. When an injury is serious enough to require emergency medical treatment it’s imperative that you know that it’s time to go. There are 5 major types of sports-related injuries that … [Read more...] about When Is a Sports Injury an Emergency?
Let’s just all agree... kids get sick... It’s one of those things they are just born naturals at. But when not feeling well is accompanied by a fever, our level of caution as parents should rise exponentially. Hi, I’m Dr. Joseph Burkett ER Physician here locally at Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room in Plano. Seeing your child suffering from an illness and realizing they have a fever can be a very scary and lonely moment. What do you do? Can you treat it yourself? Should you call the … [Read more...] about What To Do When You Child Has a Fever
Urinary tract infections are not uncommon. They potentially affect your bladder, urethra, and kidneys. Most people who have experienced them will tell you they come with pain and are very disruptive to daily life. Drinking plenty of water can help reduce your chances of contracting a UTI. While women tend to be more susceptible to them, the truth is that both men and women get UTI’s. When bacteria, viruses, or fungi that cause urinary tract infections enter the urinary system and … [Read more...] about Urinary Tract Infections
Pink Eye Pink eye is a condition where you suffer inflammation of a thin membrane that coats the surface of your eye and eyelid. It is also referred to as conjunctivitis. Not only is it quite common, but it is also incredibly contagious. If you are infected by pink eye you will notice redness, pain or itchiness, and discharge from your eye. How can you get pink eye? Something as simple as touching a contaminated surface, or shaking hands with someone who is infected and passes the … [Read more...] about Pink Eye Treatment and Prevention
We’ve all had a small cut or laceration before. They aren't fun, but they are easy to clean, put a band-aid on and take care of at home. But when is a cut serious enough that it requires a trip to the emergency room? Hi, I'm Dr. Joseph Burkett, ER Physician here locally at Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room in Plano, Texas. One of the top reasons we see patients here in the emergency room is for cuts. But the truth is, not all cuts and lacerations require a visit to the ER. When it … [Read more...] about Lacerations and the Emergency Room