Health Alerts

ALERT: MUMPS OUTBREAK UPDATE

Update - October 5th, 2017 - The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed sixty-eight (68) new cases of residents with the mumps, raising the total number of statewide cases this year to 452. Case count by island is 378 from Honolulu, 40 from Kauai, 33 from Hawaii and 1 from Maui. The DOH continues to stress [...]

October 5th, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

UPDATED ALERT: GUARD AGAINST THIS BRAIN-INVADING PARASITE

Update - September 27th, 2017 - Hawaii Department of Health confirms seventeenth case of rat lungworm disease in Hawaii for 2017. Read the Press Release for more information. Rat lungworm disease, which has long been prevalent in parts of Asia and the Caribbean, is a grave illness caused by a parasitic worm that invades the human brain. [...]

September 27th, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

FLU HITS HAWAII

By Pani Shoja, MD Medical Director – Urgent Care Hawaii Pani Shoja, MD NEWS: Because the vaccine takes two weeks to protect its recipient—and three weeks is more effective—health officials and the public need to stay ahead of the virus. The CDC bases its recommendations on when flu infections are likely to become common, [...]

September 13th, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

ALERT: OPIOID OVERDOSE REVERSAL DRUG ON THE WAY TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Narcan, a brand of the generic drug naloxone, is used for emergency treatment of known or suspected opioid overdose. As discussed in my recent Urgent Care Newsletter article, Opioid Overdose Epidemic Update, opioid addiction is a chronic disease can be treated and managed. Along with counseling and other support, treatment that includes medication is often the [...]

June 20th, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

ALERT: URGENT – GET YOUR HEPATITIS A SECOND DOSE ASAP

Pani Shoja, MD Update: May 4, 2017 -The Hawaii Health Department announced that ahi poke sold at multiple grocery stores and eateries on Oahu may have been contaminated with Hepatitis A. Customers who ate the product and are not vaccinated for Hepatitis A are urged to contact a doctor. Symptoms of Hepatitis A infection [...]

May 4th, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

ALERT: WAIPAHU STUDENTS, PARENTS AND STAFF MAY BE AT RISK OF TUBERCULOSIS EXPOSURE

Pani Shoja, MD UPDATE: 4/21/17 - The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and University of Hawaii at Hilo are notifying approximately 120 students and staff members of their recent possible exposure to a person with active tuberculosis (TB) at the Hilo campus. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) recently notified students, parent and [...]

April 21st, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

ALERT: KEEPING OUR KEIKI HEALTHY AND SAFE IN A DANGEROUS ENVIRONMENT

Pani Shoja, MD Our environment includes everything around us—the air we breathe, the water we drink, the places where our food is grown or prepared, our school, workplace, and our home. When the environment exposes us to toxic substances, health can be affected negatively. This is especially true for children. Recently, the Hawaii Department [...]

March 20th, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, Health Tips|

ALERT: CASES OF STREP THROAT AND CONJUNCTIVITIS ARE ON THE RISE

Pani Shoja, MD At Urgent Care Hawaii clinics we’ve been seeing new cases of Strep Throat and Conjunctivitis, both of which need a doctor’s diagnosis and treatment. Sore throats can be caused by many factors such as viruses, allergies, dry air and drainage from a runny nose. Strep throat is caused by bacteria such [...]

February 14th, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

ALERT: OPIOID OVERDOSE EPIDEMIC UPDATE

Pani Shoja, MD Opioids are powerful drugs that affect the brain and slow down actions of the body including the heartbeat and breathing. Doctors provide opioid medication to treat pain and other health problems such as severe coughing. With long term use, the body becomes dependent on these medications which include commonly used [...]

January 13th, 2017|Categories: Health Alerts, News|

HEALTH ALERT: CHILDREN NEED FLU VACCINES TODAY!

Pani Shoja, MD Schools in Hawaii will offer the "Stop Flu at School Program" sometime in late January, 2017. However, if your child has not received the flu vaccine, we recommend getting it as soon as possible. In general, it takes two weeks for the flu shot to start offering protection against the [...]

December 28th, 2016|Categories: Health Alerts, News|
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