Immediate Care vs. Emergency Room

Many of us have been faced with deciding where to go for urgent care; Immediate Care or the Emergency Room. Immediate Care provides medical care for urgent but non-emergent needs. The following list can help you decide where to go: Regular visits with your primary care provider can help detect…

Tips for a better night’s sleep!

Want Santa to make a stop at your house, but having trouble dosing off? Here are some suggestions that might help you get to sleep. 1. Stick to a sleep schedule. Go to bed and get up at the same time you regularly do. 2. Pay attention to what you…

Myth Busters: You Can Get the Flu from the Flu Shot.

BUSTED! You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. The annual flu shot is made with an inactive flu virus that is not infectious making it impossible to get the flu from the flu shot. “If you get the flu following your flu shot, you were most likely already…

Five Ways to Avoid the Flu

Dr. Van Shares How You Can Skip the Flu This Year While the leaves may not exactly change color along the Emerald Coast, we can count on more than college football to make a debut each Fall. Every year, millions fall victim to the annual flu. In fact, The Centers…

What’s Your Reason?

Everyone has a reason to get their mammogram… What’s yours? Chances of recovery from breast cancer have significantly increased due in part to earlier detection through mammograms. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month and in honor of those who have lost their fight with the disease, women are encouraged to schedule their annual mammogram, and…

Tips to Keeping Kids Happy & Healthy this Summer

By now, kids have put their schoolbooks away and are taking full advantage of the lazy days of summer. However, White-Wilson Pediatrician, Dr. Kyle Simmers warns that the lack of routine can be detrimental to a child’s development and overall health. “During the summer months, it is easy to fall…

Allergy Season Survival Guide

Allergy Season Survival Guide: Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Specialist, Dr. William Gross, explains allergies and how to cope this season. Flowers are blooming, the weather is warming up and spring is here! We were fortunate to have a mild flu season this year, but if you’re one of the…

Don’t Flu-Get!

The peak of flu season is just around the corner and now is a great time to get your annual flu shot. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most effective way to fight against the flu is by getting an annual flu vaccine. The…

A Life-Changing Experience

On October 5, local families gathered at White-Wilson Medical Center for the I Can See Now vision clinic which provided six local children with life-changing vision equipment. Each child suffers from conditions that greatly diminish their vision. With the help of Electronic Video Magnifiers (EVM), these children can now see things…

What’s Your Reason?

Everyone has a reason to get their mammogram… What’s yours? Chances of recovery from breast cancer have significantly increased due in part to earlier detection through mammograms. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month and in honor of those who have lost their fight with the disease, women are encouraged to…

Spotting the Signs of Ovarian Cancer

An estimated one in 70 women will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime and more than 15,000 American women are expected to lose their lives this year as a result. To raise awareness about the risks and signs of ovarian cancer, The Ovarian Cancer Coalition has named September Ovarian Cancer…

Tips for a Better School Year

As families prepare for a new school year, keeping children in the classroom and out of the nurse’s office is a top priority. Dr. Evan Meeks, a pediatrician at White-Wilson Medical Center’s Niceville Clinic, offers 10 tips for a happy, healthy, and successful school year! Get back into a school routine….

Beat the August Heat

As residents of the sunshine state, we bypass extreme temperatures all winter long; however, it is important to be aware that extreme summer temperatures are dangerous. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of more than 600 people die from complications related to extreme heat…

West Nile Virus Hits Close to Home

Floridians love to make the most of summer and its warm nights; however, so do mosquitos. Unfortunately, they can carry the West Nile Virus.  The Florida Health Department reported a confirmation of the mosquito-borne illness in Walton county on Friday. While rare, West Nile Virus is no stranger to the Emerald Coast. The virus was first found in…

The Greatest Show on the Emerald Coast!

The White-Wilson Community Foundation (WWCF) hosted the 6th annual Little Black Dress Party on Saturday, May 16 and it was a circus! Over 350 guests (including clowns, sword swallowers and stilt-walkers) filled the Sandestin Linkside Exhibition Hall for “A Night Under the Big Top,” raising an impressive $75,000 for local women’s health…

Keeping Blood Pressure in Check

Have you checked your blood pressure lately? Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease, the nation’s #1 cause of death. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure is one of the most common medical conditions Americans experience and a major contributor to heart attacks and stroke. So,…