Free Flu Shot Clinic! Friday, Feb. 25th, 8AM – 5PM

Influenza outbreaks have been peakiman blowing nose, free flu shot clinic for Central Coast Urgent Careng in California recently so Central Coast UrgentCare is offering a FREE Flu Clinic on Friday, February 25th from 8 AM to 5 PM. So if you and your family haven’t gotten you flu shots this season, now’s your chance. And it’s free.?Friday, February 25th, 8 AM to 5PM. ?All patients will be seen on a walk-in basis.

And a reminder for parents of school-age children; All 7th -12th grade students will need to have received a dose of the pertussis vaccine before starting classes this coming fall. This is a state law (AB 354).

If you want to avoid the summer rush, and take advantage of our low cost vaccination, come in to Central Coast UrgentCare, Friday, February 25th from 8 AM to 5PM.


“Flu has the potential to cause serious illness and even death,” said CDPH Director Dr. Mark Horton. “But there is something people can influenza virus blow up with lung illustration
do about it. I urge all Californians to get a flu shot and take other preventive measures to reduce exposure to influenza.”

This year CDPH is recommending flu vaccine for everyone six months of age and older. Vaccine is plentiful and available
throughout the state.

To stop the spread of flu and other respiratory illnesses, Californians should:
• Stay home when sick. Limiting contact limits the spread of disease.
• Cover your cough or sneeze. By using your elbow or a tissue and properly disposing of the used tissue, a person reduces the spread of disease.
• Wash hands thoroughly. Using soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and avoiding contact with your eyes, nose and mouth, limits disease.
• Stay healthy. Everyone benefits from eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, not smoking, and getting adequate rest and exercise.

Flu activity levels are within the expected range for this time of the year. Current flu activity in California is “regional,” which is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having “outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like illness and recent laboratory confirmed influenza in at least two but less than half the regions of the state.”  Every year, more than 225,000 people are hospitalized and more than 35,000 die in the United States due to the flu and its complications.

Click here to watch State Epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez discussing current flu activity.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reports overall influenza activity is on the increase and cases are now present in both Southern California and Northern California.

CA DWC Issues 15-Day Notice Of Revisions To E-Med Treatment Billing Regs

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has further modified its proposed regulations to adopt standardized paper medical treatment billing forms and electronic medical billing standards. The second 15-day notice of modification has been posted on the DWC Web site. Medical e-billing regulations will encourage electronic billing and faster payments to physicians and are part of the division’s 12-point plan to help control medical costs in California’s workers’ compensation system.

The modified proposal and additional information can be found at

Members of the public may comment on the revisions until 5 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2011.

The proposed revisions include correction of technical errors, clarification of language, and changes to improve the functioning of paper and electronic billing and remittance.

Laser Wand Scans Molecules for Melanoma Within Seconds

Melanoma laser wand
Captain's Log: Stardate 2011

Detecting potential skin cancer cells is an inexact process that depends on a doctor identifying a suspicious mole before waiting a few weeks for the biopsy results to come back from a lab.

But according to Technology Review, scientists at the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BBCA) have developed a handheld wand that could help doctors instantly identify melanoma by scanning the molecular makeup of a mole. Dubbed the Verisante Aura, the device uses Raman spectroscopy to scan for molecules that are characteristic of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

The doctor holds the wand over the suspicious mole, and the Aura blasts laser light onto the molecules, thus changing their vibrational state. The light is then reflected back at different angles and magnitudes depending on the molecules. Within seconds, the device compares the scan to a database of skin cancer molecules. The results help doctors more accurately determine whether or not a biopsy is necessary.

by Caleb Johnson on February 2, 2011 at 07:30 AM