High flu activity in Georgia

As per CDC, Flu activity remains still high as of February 10th. The current flu vaccine is almost 73% effective in preventing influenza B infections and 43% effective in preventing Influenza A infections. So, it is still not late to get your flu shot for this season.

Get your flu shot… soon !

Here is an excellent two-minute video made by Washington Post about why you need to get flu shot. When I discuss the flu vaccine with my patients, one single fact that surprises most people is: Flu kills about 24,000 people a year in United States alone !

Flu shots for 2015-16 are now available at Peach Clinic.

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Flu shots for 2015-16 season are available now. Make sure you get one soon to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here are answers to few questions I get asked time and time again.

I am healthy and young.Why should I take flu vaccine?

Flu vaccine actually helps persons of all ages. In addition, it helps cut down the spread of this deadly disease in your family and your community (Yes, flu is more serious than most people think. Flu still kills on average about 36,000 persons per year in United States.)

Who should take flu vaccine?

  • Everyone who is 6-month or older should take flu vaccine.
  • Certain groups are higher risk for flu related complications. They should be ever more particular about getting the flu vaccine.
    • Children and older adults.
    • People suffering from chronic diseases.
    • Pregnant women.

Can flu vaccine cause flu?

No. Virus in flu vaccine is inactivated. It can’t cause flu. When you get flu shot, you immune system is activated against flu. So some people can get low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches. This usually lasts less than 24 hours.

In studies, where some people got inactivated flu shots and others got salt-water shots, the only differences in symptoms was increased soreness in the arm and redness at the injection site among people who got the flu shot.

In case you are interested, CDC website has answers to lot more questions.

Washing away the nasal allergies.

We are in the peak of pollen season and pollen is troubling many people with nasal allergies. In North Atlanta, Oak, Hickory and Birch trees are the main source of pollen in past one week.

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The pollen or allergen that we inhale, settle in our nasal passages. Our body starts recognizing them as foreign particles and starts making antibodies against them. This reaction leads to swollen nasal passages and also leads to mucus formation in the nose. Usually, it is a clear watery discharge to begin with and then it turns in to thick white mucus. Some of the major symptoms of nasal allergies are:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy and red eyes

Treating nasal allergies can be challenging. There are many different medications available to treat nasal allergies. However, it can be confusing to choose an appropriate over the counter allergy medication that can alleviate symptoms.

A simple and inexpensive approach to treat allergies is to do saline irrigation of nose and sinuses. The basic principle is washing away those allergens and cleaning nasal passages so that the whole cascade of events that follows after we inhale allergens is avoided.

Daily use of saline rinses not only washes out all the allergens but it also decreases the swelling of the nose and removes the thick mucus from nasal passages and sinuses. The irrigation bottle as shows in the picture is easy to use and even a child as old as 5 years can do it. Saline that is used for nasal washes is easy to make at home. Take 2 cups of water, add 1 teaspoon of salt and boil them. Let it cool to room temperature and you are ready to rinse your sinuses!!

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Allergies are difficult to treat but getting rid of an allergen is as simple as washing it away with saline!

Monal Shah, MD

Dr. Dhaval Shah designated Civil Surgeon by USCIS

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Dr. Dhaval Shah has been designated Civil Surgeon by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

A Civil Surgeon is a physician, designated by the USCIS to conduct medical examinations of people who are applying for an adjustment of status to permanent residence, or others  who are required by the USCIS to have a medical examination.

This means that Peach Clinic is now offering Immigration Physicals at the both locations that you use for all your healthcare needs.

Enterovirus D68 : What you need to know.

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New kind of respiratory illness is getting lot of attention on television and other media. We have been getting lots of questions about this new virus from worried patients and parents. Here is what you need to know about this new bug.

  • First of all, there is nothing new about Enteroviruses. They are one of the most common causes of respiratory infections. The twist to the story is this: a type of Enterovirus called D68, previously thought to be causing mild cold like symptoms only, suddenly seems to be causing much more severe infections since last month.
  • The outbreak was first reported in Kansas City and Chicago. Now the cases are being reported from other states.
  • Young children seem to prime target for this virus. They start with cough and cold like symptoms but rather than getting better, they can quickly become very sick.
  • Diagnosis is made by typing of Enterovirus, a specialized test that takes several days and is done only by certain labs.
  • There is no specific treatment of vaccine for this virus.
  • What can you do?
    • Seek medical attention if you have respiratory symptoms (cough, congestion, breathing problems.)
    • Make sure you take precautions for cutting down the spreading of virus:
      • Wash hands often with soap
      • Avoid touching face
      • Avoid kissing, hugging and sharing cups
      • Disinfect the frequently touched surfaces
Dr. Amita Ghia designated Civil Surgeon by USCIS

Dr. Amita Ghia designated Civil Surgeon by USCIS

Congratulations to Dr. Amita Ghia for being designated Civil Surgeon by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

A Civil Surgeon is a physician, designated by the USCIS to conduct medical examinations of people who are applying for an adjustment of status to permanent residence, or who are required by the USCIS to have a medical examination.

This means that Peach Clinic is now offering Immigration Physicals at the same convenient location that you use for all your healthcare needs.