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Everything You Need to Know About an Immigration Medical Exam Jun 22nd, 2021

There are many steps you need to take to legalize your American Dream, and one of the most important is your immigration exam, which is also known as the Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record (form I-693). In order to complete this exam, the United States Citizenship and Immigration...

How Travel Medications Can Give You Peace of Mind When Going on a Trip Now May 25th, 2021

As we round the corner on the pandemic thanks to increasing herd immunity, Americans are looking forward to traveling again. If you find yourself revisiting your travel plans, now more than ever, we urge you to take precautionary measures before you go through our travel medication services. From vaccinations to...

Allergy Versus Asthma — There Is a Difference Apr 1st, 2021

As spring approaches, you dread the wheezing, coughing, and difficulty breathing that always seem to come this time of year. The odds are good that these symptoms are related to allergies, asthma, or both. At Forest Urgent Care, our team of medical experts has extensive experience helping patients weather breathing...

How to Boost Your Immune System to Fight COVID-19 Mar 11th, 2021

If one thing has been made very clear during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the importance of a healthy immune system. While vaccinations will go a long way toward providing the defenses you need, let’s remember that these vaccines are designed to work with your body’s natural defenses.  While we wait...

Understanding the Need for Common Lab Tests Feb 16th, 2021

From quickly identifying strep throat to determining whether you’ll be adding to your family, lab testing is one of the most important services we offer as medical providers. Blood tests, urinalyses, and swabs are all part of our frontline diagnostic care. These lab tests allow us to quickly identify a...

What to Do About Gastrointestinal Distress Jan 4th, 2021

You eat something that doesn’t agree with you, and while your stomach objects for a few hours, the problem eventually passes. Conversely, you routinely struggle with digestive problems and you don’t know why. In either case, you have gastrointestinal distress, and determining whether there’s cause for concern can be tricky....

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

When to Consider Urgent Care Dec 1st, 2020

While all of our attention might be focused on flu season and COVID-19 right now, this doesn’t mean that accidents and other illnesses have taken a time out. From cutting yourself while chopping vegetables to spraining your ankle slipping on a patch of ice, you still need the right urgent...

It’s More Important Than Ever to Wash Your Hands, Socially Distance, and Wear a Mask Nov 9th, 2020

The free Covid testing only occurs at a test site run or supported by New York State. In those facilities, there is never any charge for your test. However, not all private medical office testing is covered by NYS and it will go through your insurance benefit for medical office...

Why Flu (and Other) Vaccines Are Important This Year Oct 7th, 2020

As our nation struggles to rein in COVID-19, it’s important to remember that other potentially dangerous diseases continue to pose a threat, with one important difference — we have vaccinations for those diseases. At Forest Urgent Care, our team of health care experts is standing by to provide your family...

What's Involved in an Immigration Medical Exam? Sep 9th, 2020

There are many steps you need to take when you apply for a change in your immigration status (applying for a green card), with the medical exam at the top of the list. To meet this requirement, your exam must be performed by a doctor (civil surgeon) who is authorized...

The Benefits of Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic Aug 13th, 2020

As New Yorkers take their first tentative steps toward business as usual, ongoing surges of COVID-19 remind us that the threat is far from over. If you’ve spent the last many months sheltering at home and dealing with your ongoing health concerns as best you can, now’s the time to...

Everything You Need to Know About Your DOT Physical Jul 14th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an economic upheaval the likes of which our generation hasn’t seen. As with most crises, where one door closes, another opens, which is certainly true of the new jobs in the delivery sector.  As customers turn to online ordering and at-home deliveries of their supplies,...

Are You Ready for NYC to Open? Jun 18th, 2020

As New York State begins to make tentative steps toward reopening, citizens are caught between feeling relief at regaining their freedom and anxiety as COVID-19 remains a clear-and-present threat. With a few precautionary steps, such as testing and personal protection practices, life can get back to a new normal. At...

What Does COVID-19 Do to the Body? May 12th, 2020

After months of lockdown, New Yorkers will be taking their first steps toward regaining some normalcy as the state begins to open up. While certain areas of New York, including the metropolitan area, show signs of being on the other side of this peak of COVID-19 infections, it in no...

Cold or Flu: How You Can Tell the Difference? Apr 7th, 2020

While thoughts of spring may fill your head, colds and flus are still in full force during these chilly months. If you develop a respiratory illness, figuring out which one you’re dealing with is important so that you can get the right treatment. At Forest Urgent Care in Forest Hills,...

Debunking 10 Common Myths About Covid-19 Mar 1st, 2020

COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind. Unfortunately, that also means there are lots of myths and misinformation circulating about this novel coronavirus, too. The professionals at Forest Urgent Care in Forest Hills, NY, debunk the most common myths. So far, the most important steps you can take to reduce your risk...

What Are the Most Important Vaccines for Seniors? Feb 1st, 2020

You’ve enjoyed a life free from some very serious diseases, such as whooping cough and measles, thanks to the effectiveness of vaccinations you received as a child. As you enter your “senior” years — which means you’re over the age of 64 — now’s not the time to let your...

Start Your New Year Off Right with an Annual Physical Jan 1st, 2020

You diligently get your oil changed and ensure that your annual memberships are up to date each year, but don’t forget about your all-important health. In fact, think of your annual physical as re-upping your membership in good health. At Forest Urgent Care LIC and Forest Hills, New York, our...

6 Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling Dec 1st, 2019

Whether you’re traveling for business or taking your family on a holiday vacation, the last thing you want is for an injury or illness to derail your time away, especially if you’re traveling on foreign soil. While there’s no way to completely safeguard yourself, there are some great steps you...

What Is Your Best Protection Against Measles? Oct 31st, 2019

Before the measles vaccine was first introduced in the United States in 1963, nearly all children contracted the disease by the time they reached 15, which led to 400-500 deaths annually.  Fast forward to 2000, and measles was eliminated from our country, prompting health officials to declare victory. Unfortunately, the...

Allergies or Asthma? Oct 1st, 2019

Nearly one-third of adults and 40% of children in the United States have allergies and almost 25 million Americans of all ages suffer from asthma. In as many as half of cases of asthma, allergies are also present, which means there’s considerable cross over between the two conditions. At Forest...

Why You Need a New Flu Vaccine Every Year Sep 1st, 2019

Depending upon the season, the flu can affect anywhere from 5-20% of the population in the United States, leading to more than 31 million visits to health care providers each year. At best, the flu involves a miserable week or two where you may be laid out flat. At its...

7 Back-to-School Tips for Children Jul 31st, 2019

Experienced parents know to brace themselves as their children head back to school. Along with complaints about homework and exciting tales of new friends, children bring home a slew of different illnesses and viruses.  School-age children, especially the littlest learners, tend to get sicker during the school year than during...

5 Things to Look for in a Geriatric Care Specialist Jul 8th, 2019

As the years go by, it seems as if your health concerns pile up at an unprecedented rate. Common colds are more commonly difficult as you get older, and a spill down the steps far more serious. To ensure that your health care needs are covered, it’s important that you...

When Does Your Child's Sore Throat Warrant a Trip to Urgent Care? Jun 1st, 2019

Children and colds go hand in hand — kids suffer through as many as 12 colds a year if they’re in school and 6-10 even if they’re at home. And along with the coughing and congestion, sore throats are often part of the overall miserable package. While colds generally run...

Who Should Be Tested for STDs and How Often? Apr 30th, 2019

While education efforts covering sexual health have ramped up over the last few decades, the sad truth is that half of all sexually active young men and women contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) by the age of 25 and that there are 20 million new cases each year. These...

10 Tips to Get Ahead of Spring Allergies Apr 1st, 2019

After the cold, dark days of winter, spring’s arrival is usually a time to celebrate and get outdoors. But for the more than 25 million American adults and children who suffer from spring allergies, getting outdoors may mean sneezing, wheezing, and itchy, watery eyes. If you want to enjoy the...

How to Prepare for Your DOT Physical Mar 3rd, 2019

Drivers of commercial vehicles are required by the U.S. Department of Transportation to pass a DOT physical exam every 24 months. Your timeline may be briefer if your exam shows worrisome trends that need routine monitoring, such as increased blood pressure. The exam is comprehensive, meaning that your physical health,...

Everything You Need to Know About Your Immigration Physical Feb 4th, 2019

The journey to establish your permanent residency in the United States can be a long and complicated one, but if you’re well-prepared, you can navigate these immigration waters more easily. If you’re applying for your green card or a change in your legal status, you need to complete the immigration...

5 Steps for Maintaining a Healthy Heart Jan 2nd, 2019

You may already know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country. What you may not know is that in most cases heart disease is preventable. In fact, by implementing just five healthy lifestyle changes, many people decrease their risk in only a year. Here’s how:...