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Travel and COVID-19 Testing

Some travel destinations or airlines are requiring you to get tested for COVID-19 before your flight!  In fact, here are a couple of things you need or need to know before you can fly: Documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. If you have had COVID within the past three months, you will require the results of a negative test a signed letter from your healthcare provider on official letter...

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Flu Virus on Toys

Flu season is in full swing, so it’s best you start taking precautions to keep your whole family flu-free!  The influenza virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours, including your child’s plastic toys. Children are extra-susceptible to catching the virus, so it’s smart to disinfect their toys regularly to keep them healthy. If you have one sick child and want to keep the other from ca...

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Flu vs COVID-19!

Flu season is upon us. The best way to avoid the flu, and its possible complications, is to get the annual flu vaccine! The strain of flu that is prevalent each year can vary, and the body’s immunities deteriorate over time, so it is important to get the shot yearly.  Along with the problematic COVID-19 still running amok, this year’s flu season can prove to be potentially dangerous, especia...

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Get Your New Year Wellness Visit!

The New Year is almost here, so you should come to HealthCARE Express to get your wellness visits!       Early detection and prevention are the best way to overcome illness! You can schedule wellness visits for the whole family with your primary care provider, or you can all drop by HealthCARE Express— no appointment necessary!  Wellness visits are extremely important to make sure you are as ...

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Texarkana Hometown Hero: Natalie Haywood

We would like for you to meet this week’s Hometown Hero: Natalie Haywood!  Natalie is the Director of Events and Communication for the Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce. She’s been part of the chamber since February 2019!  Her greatest professional accomplishment was helping her team at the Texarkana Chamber earn the Leadership Texarkana Wilbur Award for Organization of the Year in ...

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Toy Safety

Flu season is in full swing, so it’s best you start taking precautions to keep your whole family flu-free!  It’s a hard thing to admit to ourselves, but our children’s toys are covered in germs. We don’t want to think about our precious little ones playing with things that are so dirty. Wooden toys are some of the worst, too. But what’s the best way to clean them?  The influenza virus can liv...

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An Apple A Day...

An apple a day may not actually keep the doctor away, but did you know apples have many great benefits? Apples are packed with fiber which can help you feel fuller and satisfied longer, and it can help clear out those uncomfortable blockages. Just one medium-sized apple contains 2.4g of fiber and is just 52 calories! That one cup is also high in potassium. When you think of fruit rich in vi...

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Stomach Bug Season is Here!

While it is often referred to as “stomach flu,” viral gastroenteritis isn’t related to the flu at all. Gastroenteritis is often caused by rotavirus or norovirus. These viruses cause inflammation of the stomach and/or intestines, which can cause the symptoms normally associated with the stomach virus: Diarrhea Vomiting Nausea Stomach and abdominal pain Fever Headaches and body aches Th...

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De Queen Hometown Hero: Jerald "Burger" Birmingham

We would like for you to meet this week’s Hometown Hero: Jerald “Burger” Birmingham!  Why is he called “Burger,” you may ask? When he first started EMT school, he was working at Burger King. His instructor used to refer to him as “Burger Boy,” and over 17 years later, the “Boy” has been dropped and he is now the Burger of the EMS world. Burger works at Southwest EMS as a paramedic, clinical...

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HealthCARE Express Now Offering FLUMIST!

Scared of needles? Get vaccinated against the flu without having to get a shot. We’re now offering FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT! It’s a vaccine that is sprayed into the nose to help protect you against the flu.  The flu is mainly spread through droplets when someone with the flu coughs, sneezes, or talks. The virus typically enters your body through your nose, so FLUMIST hits it right at the source....

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