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Stomach Flu

By now, we’ve made it clear that the flu is going around in Central Florida. But are you ready for a double whammy? Stomach flu is spreading fast, too. But the only connection is that neither Influenza nor Gastroenteritis are welcomed houseguests. Other than that, the two “flus” are not related at all.

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Influenza and Gastroenteritis are viral and very contagious but quite different in symptoms and duration.


Flu symptoms present very quickly, and are very severe. Common ...

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The Flu

The flu is tearing through Central Florida in what seems to be an early flu season this year. Last week, Centra Care doctors saw an overall 62% increase in adult cases and a 66% increase in pediatric cases. The locations at Azalea Park and Lee Road saw a 400% jump in confirmed flu tests. Don’t panic, but take the flu seriously.

If you haven’t already gotten a flu shot, do it now. The 2012-2013 flu vaccine will protect against the three ...

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Pediatric Pink Eye

Pediatric Pink Eye is as catchy as it sounds.

Pink is the color of the season it seems, especially among the elementary set. Children with Conjunctivitis, a.k.a. Pink Eye, are showing up in big numbers at local Centra Care urgent care locations. The following centers saw the greatest increases in pediatric Pink Eye cases:

  • Oviedo – up 600%
  • Longwood & Orange Lake – up 400%
  • Lee Road – up 300%
  • Lake Buena Vista – up 200%

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Pink Eye is an inflammation or infection of ...

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Blame the beautiful weather — who wants to stay inside? Maybe fall sports can take some of the hit, too. Whatever the reason, Centra Care physicians have seen quite a jump in the number of kids with fractures this week, and most of the breaks have been below the belt. Data shows that lower extremity fractures are up 350% from the previous week.

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Typical symptoms of a fractured bone are pain, swelling, bruising, and sometimes deformity at the site of ...

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Pediatric Flu

Several weeks ago, Centra Care physicians warned that the influenza virus had hit Central Florida. Week after week the numbers continue to grow, but what is significant this week over others, is the dramatic increase in the number of children that are being diagnosed with the flu. Centra Care locations have seen a 67% increase this week in the number of pediatric flu cases.

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Medical experts agree that the best defense against influenza is a flu shot. The Centers ...

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Your team have a close game last weekend? Maybe that cold last week is to blame? Whatever the reason for your scratchy, hushed voice – you’re not alone. People all over Central Florida were seeking the help of Centra Care doctors because of Laryngitis. Here are the locations with the biggest increases:

  • Sanford & Winter Park: up 300%
  • Azalea Park & Dr. Phillips: up 200%

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Laryngitis is swelling and irritation of the voice box (larynx) that is usually associated with hoarseness ...

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Strep Throat

Strep Throat is What’s Going Around this week. Since bacteria are usually to blame, Strep cases are most often combated with prescription antibiotics. Besides leading to serious complications, if left untreated, a person with Strep can remain contagious for upwards of three weeks – even if symptoms no longer remain.

Centra Care physicians are seeing the greatest increases in Strep in the following areas of Central Florida:

Lee Road – up 300%
Dr Phillips – up 200%
Clermont & Oviedo – up ...

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Parents, grandparents, caretakers of young children: Are you familiar with Bronchiolitis? You should be. Statistics show that more than half of all infants are exposed to the Bronchiolitis virus by their first birthday. And Centra Care numbers are showing that it is What’s Going Around right now in Central Florida.

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Bronchiolitis usually affects children under the age of 2, with a peak age of 3 – 6 months. It is a common, and sometimes severe illness that is best treated ...

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It’s Flu Season

Ahhh, the arrival of fall … Pumpkins, colorful leaves, the smell of cinnamon and THE FLU! It’s official, FLU SEASON IS HERE. Last week, Centra Care physicians saw an 88% increase from the previous week of confirmed flu cases among adults and children.

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Flu symptoms present very quickly, and are much more severe than cold symptoms. Common symptoms include:

  • High Fever
  • Severe Aches and Pains
  • Exhaustion, Fatigue & Weakness
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Chest Discomfort

Less common symptoms include: sneezing, sore throat and stuffy nose.

The flu is very ...

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Has your little one had a sudden high fever and no other real symptoms? It may be a virus known as Roseola. Physicians at area Centra Care locations have been seeing babies and toddlers with Roseola a little more than usual in the last couple of weeks.

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Roseola is a viral infection that commonly affects infants and children under five. It typically causes high fever (over 103 degrees F) for a few days, followed by a non-itchy rash lasting ...

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