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Measles Outbreaks on the Rise in Palm Beach County & Florida

Measles, once eradicated in the USA, is making a come back. And this is BAD news for anyone who has NOT been immunized against the disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 600 people have already contracted measles, with Florida one of the main states affected. This is significant, considering in 2016 there were less than 100 cases.

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Figure 1: The number of measles cases is on the rise. Source: The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Just recently, the Sun Sentinel reported about the huge increase in measles cases. Read that story here.

Why is the number of measles cases increasing?

How is it possible that a disease, once  eradicated in the USA, is making such a come back? Well, the answer is simple: A lack of immunizations. If your child has not been vaccinated, then you are putting them at risk from contracting measles. An additional cause is the increase in international travel, which can lead to measles being contracted in other countries, then brought back to the USA. Taken together, these two factors have contributed to a surge in reported cases of measles in Florida, as well as other states.

What are the symptoms of measles?

Not sure if your child has measles? Be on the lookout for the following symptoms:

  • A red skin rash
  • White spots inside the mouth
  • Dry cough, runny eyes, and sore throat
  • Fever

In order to make an accurate diagnosis, it is recommended that you consult a doctor or medical professional.

(Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/measles/symptoms-causes/syc-20374857)

How can I protect my family from contracting measles?

One word: Immunization. According to the CDC, children can be vaccinated from 6 months. However, don’t worry if your child missed this - it’s not too late. Children, teenagers, and even adults, can still be immunized. Urgent Care of the Beaches offers onsite vaccinations for infants, children, teenagers, and adults at its 3 convenient locations:

Further Information

Do you have further questions about measles? Or would you like to take action to protect your family? Contact Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches to schedule your immunization today.

Walk-in clinic in Palm Beach County provides essential medical care for people who need immediate medical attention with no appointment required. Basic medical services are provided including routine vaccinations, cold and flu symptoms’ evaluation, acute injuries treatment and others.

Call us to receive information regarding hepatitis A and measles prevention!

Walk-in patients are welcome anytime, even during weekends and holidays.

When you experience minor illnesses or injuries, there are several reasons why choosing to visit a walk-in clinic can be more beneficial for you than going to a hospital or seeing your doctor. We have listed 5 most important reasons for you below:

  1. Extended operating hours

One of the disadvantages of seeing a general practitioner is that they have fixed operating hours. Most physicians close at 5pm, which is a major challenge for people who work 9-5 jobs and need to adjust their schedules to make it for their appointment.

Walk-in clinics operate for extended hours that easily fit into your schedule.

Our clinics are open from 8am until 8pm on the weekdays and from 8am to 7pm on the weekends. This provides a number of options for you to receive the care you may need, anytime and any day of the week!

2. Shorter waiting times

Long waiting times in doctors’ offices usually happen even with a set appointment. The actual consultation occurs after the set time, which causes stress and headaches for people who are on a tight schedule. As a result they forgo seeing their doctor.

Our walk-in clinic in Palm Beach County always makes sure to see their patients in a timely and efficient manner, to ensure that patients don’t waste their time by waiting. Our main goal is to create an accessible environment and provide better services to people who need quality medical care.

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3. Provision of efficient care

For people who want to be treated in a time-efficient manner for minor problems such as cold or flu, flu shots, or strep throat testing, walk-in clinics are the best choice. For serious ailments, seeing a general practitioner is recommended.

4. Affordable treatment

One of the major advantages of visiting a walk-in clinic is that most of our treatments are more affordable than the same treatment with a general practitioner. We generally charge less than a physician’s clinic would. As a matter of fact, one study found that a general practitioner would roughly charge $200 per visit, while walk-in clinics charge $99 to $120.

We also acknowledge different types of insurance including (but not limited to) Aetna, Humana, Humana-X, Blue Cross, Cigna, Medicare, and many more.

5. Easily accessible

Most of our walk-in clinics are located in accessible areas, so patients do not need to travel long distances to reach the doctor’s office. Our clinics are located in convenient locations such as retail centers, which reduces the need to travel, or going to the hospital to receive the care they need.

Furthermore, choosing to visit our walk-in clinics doesn’t require setting an appointment, patients can walk in at anytime to receive the immediate treatment they need.

Walk-in clinic in Palm Beach Gardens offers a state of the art facility and specializes in providing high quality medical care to our patients and their families in a prompt and professional manner.

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

The Urgent Care Association of America reported that there are an estimated 55% of all urgent care centers that have been operating for five years or longer, and over 9,000 clinics are looking to open another branch or expand.

Urgent care centers are the newest addition to the healthcare industry, which medical services and patients benefit from. Urgent care clinics are an alternative to the emergency room that offer fast and affordable medical care for patients with non-life-threatening conditions. They also provide a convenient treatment option to people, reducing the overwhelming number of patients that would typically go to local health care offices and hospitals.

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Most urgent care centers are open 24 hours in a day, the average waiting time is less than 20 minutes, and the consultation takes less than an hour. Furthermore, the usual urgent care visit is 40% to 50% less expensive than the medical expenses from an emergency room visit.
You might be asking: what exactly are the services an urgent care offers? Urgent care Forest Hill will give you a quick guide to the most common health care needs an urgent care center can provide.

Medical care for non-life threatening illnesses

Urgent care clinics are a perfect place to visit when you are experiencing illnesses, such as flu, stomach aches or ear infections. These clinics have licensed medical care professionals who can provide proper diagnosis and treatment of the same quality treatment offered at local hospitals.

Minor injury treatment

Minor burns, sprains, lacerations and small fractures, can be treated in urgent care centers. Almost 80% of ER cases can now be immediately treated in these clinics. 30% of medical staff in urgent care clinics are skilled in treating emergency cases.

Immunizations and vaccinations

Whether it's for your child’s protection from common illnesses or for your regional flu vaccines before a trip, urgent care can cover your immunizations and vaccinations. They also offer common flu shots at an appointment.

Electrocardiogram (EKGs) and digital X-Rays

If you need to have some tests, you can achieve immediate results through having the test in an urgent care clinic. 85% of these clinics are open 7 days a week and 95% are operating after 7pm. This means that it is easy to set an appointment despite a busy schedule.


From school or sports physicals to pre-employment and DOT physicals. Urgent care centers offer comprehensive physicals that meet the state, school or employer requirements. It is available for children, teens and adults. Urgent care in Forest Hill offers:

  • DOT physicals
  • Pre-employment
  • Sports physicals
  • School Physicals
  • Immigration Physical

Urgent care in Forest Hill provides most of the services mentioned above. They treat patients whose illnesses or injuries are more serious, but not life-threatening, and require immediate medical care. They also have a physician available to see patients at any time when the doors are open – even without an appointment.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.


North Palm Beach / Palm Beach Gardens Clinic Location:

11951 US Highway 1 Suite 108,
North Palm Beach, FL 33408
(561) 429-6109

West Palm Beach / Palm Beach Clinic Location:

5818 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 429-4779

Palm Springs / Forest Hill Blvd Clinic Location:

3537 Forest Hill Boulevard,
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
(561) 328-8433
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