Flu season 2014-2015

The flu season is upon us. Primary Care Physicians has had its FIRST confirmed case of influenza A. it was confirmed by a rapid flu test that screens for both influenza A and B strains. The CDC guidelines are that EVERYONE over the age of 6 months should be vaccinated for influenza…preferably BEFORE influenza has occurred in your community. The local pharmacies have the new vaccination available and medical insurance companies will cover this vaccine. The local schools are administering the Flumist nasal vaccine at no charge to your children. If you prefer that your child (anyone under the age of 18) to receive the injectable influenza vaccine, the local pharmacies will require a written prescriptions. All patients over the age of 65 should received the HIGH DOSE vaccine, which also requires a written prescriptions which you can pick up from the office.

Unfortunately, our office will not be stocking or providing the vaccine this year. We respectfully request that you have your pharmacy fax to our office the specific information about the Lot# of your vaccine batch. Expect your arm to be slightly sore the day after your vaccine. You r arm should NOT swelling or become inflamed(get red and hot). If this happens contact our office.

Tis the season….for the FLU

Traveling for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas often means going to see family in other cities. It means air travel and exposures. Holiday time often means coughs and colds. Most of these infections are viral and non-responsive to antibiotics. Viral infections can be a simple, common cold or they can be viral pneumonia. Viruses can cause serious illness. Thousands of people die from complications to influenza every single year. The recommendations are for everyone over the age of SIX MONTHS to receive a flu vaccine. The injectable vaccines are attenuated virus, meaning there is no LIVE viral particles in the shot. People over the age of 65 are advised to get the high dose vaccine so as to boost their chances of full immunity against the influenza virus. The nasal vaccines are inhaled and do have microscopic quantities of the live virus.

Our office offers the vaccine but the vaccine is widely available throughout town and can be obtained at most area pharmacies. The vaccine this year is a triple vaccine against Influenza A, Influenza B and the H1N1 viral strains. There is no vaccine shortage.

If you are a diabetic, have heart problems or lung disease you are at greater risk for influenza. We urge you to get vaccinated. The signs and symptoms of influenza are usually intense. Patients have high fever and profound body aches. They usually feel awful and have a cough. They usually LOOK very ill. Influenza is spread through coughing and touching. It is highly contagious and if you have the flu, you should remain home from work or school until your fever breaks. The very best defense against the flu other than vaccination is to contain the spread of the infection.  Wash your hands, do not cough into your hands and don’t share objects like pens and phones. Viruses can live on objects and surfaces, so use disinfecting wipes to prevent spread. We all share in this effort.

Gardasil for boys

Gardasil is a quadrivalent vaccine against Human Papillomavirus. It provides full immunity against the four types of HPV that are known causes of cervical cancer. There are more than 30 types of this virus. The virus is the cause of genital warts. HPV infections will affect 4 out of 5 adults at some point in their life.

Initially, Gardasil was approved for females before the age of 26 to protect and prevent cervical cancer.

Now, Gardasil is approved for use in MALES. The vaccine will protect against 90% of genital warts cases. Human papillomavirus causes genital wart. Genital warts can cause penile cancer and can be easily spread to sexual partners.

Our practice provides this vaccine and recommend it as an excellent method to prevent cancer. More information can be obtained through a CDC webcast or from the manufacturers of the vaccine, Merck.