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Viral pharyngitis infection is the most common cause of sore throat and the etiologic agents are usually respiratory viruses, including adenoviruses, coxsackie A viruses, influenza, or parainfluenza virus. It is self- limited, and normally goes away on it’s own. *Streptococcal pharyngitis* which is the most frequent bacterial cause of infectious pharyngitis. In the winter months during strep outbreaks, as many as 30% of episodes of pharyngitis may be caused by Strep A.

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Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-associated deaths in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May.

During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

When an emergency strikes, you know you need medical care fast. But what if you’re not sure if it’s a true emergency? How can you tell if what you or a loved one is experiencing should have you rushing to the ER? While the answer is not always simple, knowing the difference between urgent care and emergency care and where to seek treatment could save your life in an emergency.

At Charter Clinic Urgent Care we are dedicated to providing you with excellent and prompt urgent care services with a timely diagnosis, accurate medical information and a personalized touch. Our compassionate and experienced staff will work hard to place you or your family member back on the road to a swift recovery.  Did you know that 80% of all ER visits can be easily treated at an Urgent Care location?

For treatments for illnesses such as colds, flu, stomach aches or ear infections, Charter Clinic Urgent Care in Oklahoma City is your number one choice for fast, caring help. Our knowledgeable medical staff can quickly diagnose your ailments, and provide the proper medications and treatment to get you on your feet in no time.  Did you know that 80% of all ER visits can be treated at Charter Clinic? Not all injuries require a costly trip to an emergency room. For less severe bumps, cuts, abrasions or sprains, visit our local Oklahoma City Urgent Care for quick relief for all of your minor injuries.

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