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Flu Prevention

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Prevention, prevention, prevention. Like location in real estate, prevention is the biggest key to avoiding illness. Everybody gets sick once in a while, but if you knew you and your family were getting sick more often than you really had to, wouldn’t that make you annoyed? -The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccination. We’ve talked about that before in greater detail here. The flu shot is recommended for most children six months old and older. -Keep your hands and areas clean.

It's official: We had our first positive flu test over the weekend, so flu season is here!

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We have the flu vaccine waiting for you. Come into either one of our locations to get your vaccine for only $30. In some cases, your insurance may even cover the full cost of the vaccine. Why get vaccinated? The flu vaccine protects against three strains of the flu, and helps your body protect itself when those around you get sick. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months old and over gets vaccinated as soon as the vaccine becomes available each year.

Decorative Concrete Staining

Decorative concrete staining is a great way to add color to exterior surfaces. Concrete stains are transparent and will not flake off do to the fact they are penetrating into the concretes pores instead of sitting on the surface like paint does. There are over twenty exterior colors and colors can be combined to create molted affects on the concrete. Practiclly any structurally sound exterior concrete surface can be stained; whether it is a driveway, patio, sidewalk, or pool deck. 

 

Atrial Fibrillation

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Your heart skips a beat, or perhaps it beats faster. There’s a fluttering in your chest. Your breath comes faster. Your knees feel weak. Is it love?

Alas, no. Put away your poetry books: these are all symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation, otherwise known as AF or AFib.

National Fruit and Vegetable Month

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Can you smell the crisp fall air? See the leaves changing color? No? Then you, like us, are in South Texas, where it’s still regularly hitting 100+ degrees. While many other parts of the country are in harvest mode, we’re lucky in that our hot-weather-loving produce is still fairly readily available. September is National Fruit and Vegetable month; do you know where yours come from? HEB, right? Maybe Greenlings or Whole Foods? Have you visited one of our many local Farmers’ Markets lately?

Child Identity Theft: The Basics

Dean Bentle

The Identity Theft Resource Center (www.idtheftcenter.org) is a non-profit organization that provides victim resources, identity theft protection tips and lists of scams and alerts. This month, September, 2013, they are highlighting Child Identity Theft which can be more valuable to an identity thief than that of an adult. How you ask? It is a matter of usage. Click on the following link to read the full article.

Maid of Honor Survival Guide

Something borrowed, something blue. It’s the bride’s big day, but who’s taking care of you? Stressed-out brides are the subject of conversation each summer in wedding magazines, online communities and bridal party get-togethers. But, what about the bride’s right-hand gal? If you have been asked to wear the maid of honor corsage in a friend or relative’s wedding party this summer, be prepared for some blood, sweat and tears – and we’re not talking about from the bride. We’re talking about from you!

School's coming

SCHOOL’S COMING!!!

And with that comes school and sports physicals.

Why am I mentioning it now, when it’s only July? Because we are about to get busy with waves of physicals, and now’s the perfect time to come in. Get your child a baseline concussion test too, while you're here. Walk in, seven days a week 8-8 or check in online and we’ll text you when it’s time to come in.

Photo credit: © 2006-2013 Pink Sherbet Photography / Foter / CC BY

Juvenile Arthritis

You’re worried about your child. They’ve been waking up complaining their knee hurts, or you notice their fingers seem swollen, but they can’t remember hurting themselves. Maybe they’ve been limping a little in the morning, or they seem to have a mild flu with a pinkish rash that comes and goes. What could be happening? All of these are symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis, which effects more than 250,000 children under the age of 18 in the US alone. If your child has swollen, tender joints that last for more than six weeks, he/she could be among their number.

Allergies or strep?

It’s sum­mer time here in San Anto­nio, and while that means soar­ing tem­per­a­tures and kids out of school, it’s also allergy sea­son. We’ve writ­ten before about what causes aller­gies and some ways to com­bat them, so I won’t go into too much detail about that here. What’s con­cern­ing is that we’re start­ing to see some cases of strep throat mixed in among peo­ple com­ing in for their allergies.

You can mud­dle through allergies on your own (or we can help you if you’re really mis­er­able), but strep needs extra attention.

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