Every month, Dr. Sandy Vieder of Lakes Urgent Care answers your questions about timely health issues.

From asthma to flu shots, sports injuries to seasonal health topics, Dr. Sandy Vieder, Medical Director and co-owner of Lakes Urgent Care, answers questions asked by his patients every month.



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Flu Season

If your father enjoys visiting with his children or grandchildren, let him know that he is putting his family at risk by not getting vaccinated. That might be adequate motivation!

I would also tell him that by not getting immunized he also puts others at risk. If he won’t choose to do it for himself perhaps he could do it for the benefit of others.

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Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control issued statements discouraging use of the nasal vaccine in children. Unfortunately, the nasal vaccine has proven to be not as effective as the injectable vaccine.

All children age six months and older should receive the flu vaccine beginning any time in October. This should provide immunity for the entire 2016-17 influenza season. Always consult with your pediatrician or primary care physician if you have any concerns about the vaccine. You may also obtain the vaccine at a certified urgent care center.

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Flu vaccines are offered in many places including doctor’s offices, urgent care clinics, health departments or some pharmacies. The pricing varies from place to place, usually ranging from $20 – $30. At Lakes Urgent Care, you can get your flu vaccine for $22.00 and you do not need to have an appointment. Most insurance plans today cover for vaccines, so the only time you would have to pay for the vaccine at Lakes Urgent Care is if you do not have insurance or your insurance plan does not offer this benefit. All retail locations which offer the vaccine, generally do not participate with any insurance plans, so it will be an out of pocket expense, even if you have coverage. Just come in anytime during open hours from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm to get your vaccine. Lakes Urgent Care offers both the regular dose vaccine and high dose vaccine for the same price.

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Flu Season

If your father enjoys visiting with his children or grandchildren, let him know that he is putting his family at risk by not getting vaccinated. That might be adequate motivation!

I would also tell him that by not getting immunized he also puts others at risk. If he won’t choose to do it for himself perhaps he could do it for the benefit of others.

Category: Flu Season

Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control issued statements discouraging use of the nasal vaccine in children. Unfortunately, the nasal vaccine has proven to be not as effective as the injectable vaccine.

All children age six months and older should receive the flu vaccine beginning any time in October. This should provide immunity for the entire 2016-17 influenza season. Always consult with your pediatrician or primary care physician if you have any concerns about the vaccine. You may also obtain the vaccine at a certified urgent care center.

Category: Flu Season

Flu vaccines are offered in many places including doctor’s offices, urgent care clinics, health departments or some pharmacies. The pricing varies from place to place, usually ranging from $20 – $30. At Lakes Urgent Care, you can get your flu vaccine for $22.00 and you do not need to have an appointment. Most insurance plans today cover for vaccines, so the only time you would have to pay for the vaccine at Lakes Urgent Care is if you do not have insurance or your insurance plan does not offer this benefit. All retail locations which offer the vaccine, generally do not participate with any insurance plans, so it will be an out of pocket expense, even if you have coverage. Just come in anytime during open hours from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm to get your vaccine. Lakes Urgent Care offers both the regular dose vaccine and high dose vaccine for the same price.

Category: Flu Season

Flu seasons are extremely unpredictable, but peak flu activity is usually between January and February each year.  Epidemics of flu occur each year, but the location and severity of the cases varies from year to year. Also, the actual type of flu strain can change from year to year, but the CDC helps to predict what strains will be most likely and this information is used in formulating the vaccine for each season.

Category: Flu Season

Current medical recommendations indicate that it’s best to get your flu shot sometime after October 1st.  In particular, patients over the age of 65 may be negatively impacted by getting the flu vaccine too early in the season. The vaccine stimulates our immune systems to create antibodies to fight against influenza. However, those antibodies may have a limited period of effectiveness.  If the vaccine is provided too early in the season, it may lose some of this effectiveness if we experience a late flu season. The flu season typically begins around November or December, with peak activity in January and February. Should there be a slight delay in that pattern, it is possible that the vaccine’s effectiveness may not be as good as it could have been if provided too early in the season, say in August or September.

There seems to be a great deal of “medical marketing” going on by stores like CVS and Walgreens who provide discount coupons or offer to make charitable donations in order to gain your business early in the flu season.  It is always best to seek advice from your primary care physician, pediatrician or at a qualified urgent care center, as there may be some specifics differences in your own personal health status indicating the need for a different vaccination schedule.

Category: Flu Season

There are 3 different types of flu vaccine available today. There are 2 different types of injectable vaccine and also a nasal spray vaccine. Most healthy individuals between the ages of 2 years and 49 years may opt for the nasal spray if they prefer not to receive an injection. The nasal spray version is not recommended for individuals who have chronic health issues.

There is also a “high-dose or high- powered” injectable version available which is recommended for adults over the age of 65. This vaccine is comprised of 3 types of flu strains in the formulation (known as trivalent).

Category: Flu Season

The flu shot is indicated for infants older than 6 months and all adults.  Any healthy adult who wants to decrease their risk of contracting the flu should get the vaccine. The flu shot is particularly important for anyone who has chronic health problems such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart conditions or if you have a weakened immune system. Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should also get the flu vaccine.

Category: Flu Season

While each flu season is highly unpredictable as to the time of onset or how severe it may be, the best recommendation is that you should get vaccinated against influenza as soon as possible, beginning in September. In some years the flu season can last all the way until late April or even early May. Influenza vaccine is recommended for all individuals aged 6 months and older. There is also a different vaccine recommended for individuals who are older than 65. For children under the age of six months who are not eligible for vaccination, it is best to discuss treatment options and prevention with your pediatrician. However, assuring that all members of the family and close relatives get vaccinated is a great first step in prevention. The flu vaccine is generally covered by most insurance plans although it’s always best to check with your specific plan to see what your coverage may be. The influenza vaccine is currently available from most primary care providers. We have an ample supply available at Lakes Urgent Care right now.

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"It was very quick and painless! In and out in less than 20 min, the doctor, Dr. Youseff, was very kind, compassionate, took the time to listen, and to explain. I really liked the facility and the staff, overall a great experience!"



Zeina

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:38:25-05:00

Zeina

"It was very quick and painless! In and out in less than 20 min, the doctor, Dr. Youseff, was very kind, compassionate, took the time to listen, and to explain. I really liked the facility and the staff, overall a great experience!"
"I've only had great experiences here. For an urgent care facility, they are quick and efficient. The staff is very friendly and wait times are minimal."

Amanda

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-19T12:54:48-05:00

Amanda

"I've only had great experiences here. For an urgent care facility, they are quick and efficient. The staff is very friendly and wait times are minimal."
"This Urgent Care facility is the finest you will find in this community. There are many urgent care places closer to where we live but we chose to go a bit out of our way because of the reputation of Lakes Urgent Care. My husband was treated with respect, all of his concerns were listened to and addressed and he was very well taken care of. The PA, Dean Burklund, took his time with the exam and made sure nothing was missed."

Sandi

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:04:47-05:00

Sandi

"This Urgent Care facility is the finest you will find in this community. There are many urgent care places closer to where we live but we chose to go a bit out of our way because of the reputation of Lakes Urgent Care. My husband was treated with respect, all of his concerns were listened to and addressed and he was very well taken care of. The PA, Dean Burklund, took his time with the exam and made sure nothing was missed."
"With a child, urgent care facilities are such a peace of mind—and until I found Lakes, I never knew where to go."

Anthony

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-19T12:52:20-05:00

Anthony

"With a child, urgent care facilities are such a peace of mind—and until I found Lakes, I never knew where to go."
"The Dr and staff were so friendly and helpful and the Medical Assistant was outstanding. She really helped the wait time go by faster and couldn’t be friendlier. I really love this location although I hadn’t been there for 4 years I will always drive further away from where I live to go there."

Tina

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:07:50-05:00

Tina

"The Dr and staff were so friendly and helpful and the Medical Assistant was outstanding. She really helped the wait time go by faster and couldn’t be friendlier. I really love this location although I hadn’t been there for 4 years I will always drive further away from where I live to go there."
"Wonderful care! Great with toddlers! Wait time was very short. New location is wonderful. Water bottles available in the waiting room. Wait time was reasonable. Dr. Khan was very helpful and his treatment plan for my illness was easy to follow!"

Zoe-Michelle

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:59:03-05:00

Zoe-Michelle

"Wonderful care! Great with toddlers! Wait time was very short. New location is wonderful. Water bottles available in the waiting room. Wait time was reasonable. Dr. Khan was very helpful and his treatment plan for my illness was easy to follow!"
"It took less than 40 min to register, complete paperwork, see the doctor, get test results, and be discharged. Best doctor experience ever."

Greg

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2018-05-22T14:38:59-04:00

Greg

"It took less than 40 min to register, complete paperwork, see the doctor, get test results, and be discharged. Best doctor experience ever."
"They were so wonderful! My daughter had an ear infection and it reached a peak of discomfort, of course, at 8pm. They got her in, seen and prescribed antibiotics in time before our pharmacy closed at 9pm. It was such a relief. Thank you to this fantastic team!"

Julia

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T14:06:27-05:00

Julia

"They were so wonderful! My daughter had an ear infection and it reached a peak of discomfort, of course, at 8pm. They got her in, seen and prescribed antibiotics in time before our pharmacy closed at 9pm. It was such a relief. Thank you to this fantastic team!"
"The staff was very friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely return for any health issues that will challenge me."

Erika

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:13:15-05:00

Erika

"The staff was very friendly, respectful, and knowledgeable. I will definitely return for any health issues that will challenge me."
"Excelente servicio, muy recomendable para turistas que necesiten atención médica, no es muy barato pero ofrecen descuentos :)"

Pamela

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T15:07:01-04:00

Pamela

"Excelente servicio, muy recomendable para turistas que necesiten atención médica, no es muy barato pero ofrecen descuentos :)"


"Friendly staff, nice building and waiting room. By the time I finished filling out the paperwork I was already being seen. The doctor gave me clear and concise treatment and direction, and all support staff were professional but also had a healthy humor and helped me feel better in my mind as well. Didn't require me to have insurance, and didn't destroy my savings. All in all, a perfect experience."



Nicholas

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2019-12-16T13:47:35-05:00

Nicholas

"Friendly staff, nice building and waiting room. By the time I finished filling out the paperwork I was already being seen. The doctor gave me clear and concise treatment and direction, and all support staff were professional but also had a healthy humor and helped me feel better in my mind as well. Didn't require me to have insurance, and didn't destroy my savings. All in all, a perfect experience."
"The doctor was AMAZING!! I got in quick, he was the most thorough, and no nonsense doctor I've ever been to! He listened to me, gave me the correct prescriptions"

Gail

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:07:36-05:00

Gail

"The doctor was AMAZING!! I got in quick, he was the most thorough, and no nonsense doctor I've ever been to! He listened to me, gave me the correct prescriptions"
"The Doctor did everything she could do for me and i was able to walk out (i was wheeled in) and to top it off I got a follow up call from Nicole today."

Jessica

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:12:30-05:00

Jessica

"The Doctor did everything she could do for me and i was able to walk out (i was wheeled in) and to top it off I got a follow up call from Nicole today."
"The doctors were prompt, had great bedside manner, and were accurate with their diagnosis and treatment. We also appreciated their follow up care and genuine care."

Annette

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:13:45-05:00

Annette

"The doctors were prompt, had great bedside manner, and were accurate with their diagnosis and treatment. We also appreciated their follow up care and genuine care."
"Great care, friendly staff. Good medicine isn't always quick medicine but i did not spend a lot of time there but left with great results. Thanks to all that work there."

Dodie

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-06-07T14:29:51-04:00

Dodie

"Great care, friendly staff. Good medicine isn't always quick medicine but i did not spend a lot of time there but left with great results. Thanks to all that work there."
"The urgent care here is wonderful. Everyone is caring and kind and not condescending or rude. I was greeted promptly and brought to a room quickly. As far as my past experiences at urgent cares, this is far and beyond the best one I've been to! They were kind and quick with the check up, and honest about medications and possibilities."

Jennifer

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-07-21T13:12:19-04:00

Jennifer

"The urgent care here is wonderful. Everyone is caring and kind and not condescending or rude. I was greeted promptly and brought to a room quickly. As far as my past experiences at urgent cares, this is far and beyond the best one I've been to! They were kind and quick with the check up, and honest about medications and possibilities."
"Best urgent care ever they have never failed me great friendly staff and I have health issues so I'm always their and they go out of their way for me."

Ray

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2016-12-21T11:11:37-05:00

Ray

"Best urgent care ever they have never failed me great friendly staff and I have health issues so I'm always their and they go out of their way for me."
"When I have to use the urgent care services, it's usually pretty quick. The staff is nice. Today's visit was for a mandolin slicer accident. The nurse had a good attitude and the PA that worked on me was very nice and very gentle while cleaning and looking over my wound. I was in and out within an hour and highly recommend this place."

Lea Anne

Lakes Urgent Care
5.0
2017-06-07T14:26:59-04:00

Lea Anne

"When I have to use the urgent care services, it's usually pretty quick. The staff is nice. Today's visit was for a mandolin slicer accident. The nurse had a good attitude and the PA that worked on me was very nice and very gentle while cleaning and looking over my wound. I was in and out within an hour and highly recommend this place."
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