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Welcome to the website of Dr. Thomas J.W. Bering, M.D and Dr. Richard C. Weiermiller, Jr., M.D., members of Prism Medical Group, a division of Arcturus Healthcare, PLC.  We are Board Certified Physicians specializing in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, treating patients from birth to adulthood.  It is our goal to provide you with the  best healthcare possible. Please browse our site to get helpful information about our practice and tips for your health.  Thank you!
Find out more about Arcturus by clicking the above logo.​​​​​​​
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DR. BERING & DR. WEIERMILLER
Dear Patients:
In an effort to minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus to the public and to those who are at high risk, we are screening patients who call for an appointment to see if they have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or if they may have any known exposure.  If they do, we have instituted the following temporary policy: 
  • We WILL NOT be seeing patients with cold/upper respiratory symptoms in the Office.  
  • We will arrange for a Telehealth/Virtual visit with the Doctor through MyBeaumont Chart  or a Facetime or phone visit for these patients.
Please be assured we will be there to answer any questions or to determine if you need to be tested.

We appreciate your support and want to thank you all for allowing us to do remote visits with you.  We plan to remain open and to continue to see patients for chronic disease managment and other acute non-infectious problems.  Since we are limiting sick vists, we have the availability to do physical/sports exams for 2020. During this time you can get your 2020 physicial or sport exam regardless of when you had it in 2019.

Any of our seniors who are comfortable coming into the office can have their annual  wellness visit done. If you are over the age of 65, and do not feel  comfortable coming into the office, we recommend that you book a video visit throught MyChart or a Facetime visit.  Please call the office to see if you qualify for a visit and to schedule an appointment.

We understand that this is a worrisome time especially if you are exhibiting symptoms, but as medical practitioners we also have an obligation to protect our community and other patients.  In the meantime, we ask that you follow CDC recommended guidelines (see below)  for hand washing and sanitizing. Please stay home and comply with the Governor's Directive.  Stay away from others, especially if you are over 65, have a chronic medical condition or if you have any symptoms.

We thank you for your cooperation and for patience as we navigate this crisis.  We want you to know that we care for all our patient's health and will do our best to do whatever we can for you during these trying times.  We feel very fortunate to be able to take care of you.  We know many in our community have been impacted by COVID19 so with each Physical or Sports Exam or Wellness Visit through June, we will donate $5.00 to one of the local food pantry's (Gleaners, Meals on Wheels and Capuchin Soup Kitchen.)

Again, we thank you for your support.  May you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe,
Dr. Bering & Dr. Weiermiller & Staff

Learn More from the CDC

WWhat is coronavirus? 
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). They can infect humans and animals and can be transmitted between animals and people. Several coronaviruses can cause respiratory infections. The most prevalant and rapidly spreading contagious virus at this time is Covid-19.
What is COVID-19?
An infectious disease caused by a recently discovered coronavirus. In most people, it causes mild illness. However, a fraction of cases are severe.
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 spreads through small water droplets from the nose or mouth of people who have the virus.
How can you protect yourself and loved ones?
The CDC recommends the following:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and for at least 20 seconds especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  •  Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places–elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
Watch for symptoms and emergency warning signs:
  • Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
  • If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs include:
  •  Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • Bluish lips or face
  • New  confusion or inability to arouse
What should you do if you get sick?
  • Stay home. Going out may infect others. Avoid other household members, too.
  •  If possible, wear a face mask and practice good hygiene. Face masks won’t help if you’re healthy, but they can stop you from infecting others. Wash your hands often and disinfect surfaces. 
  •  If you need treatment, call ahead. Do not go to the Emergency Room or Urgent Care. Please allow your doctor to prepare for your visit or contact you with advice.
  • If you are experiencing symtptoms or are at risk, so we can minimize the risk to other patients in the office, we are opening up appointment times for virutal visits. Sign up for www.mybeaumontchart.com to get access.
And of course consult your health care team for other tips on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
VIDEO VISITS
Due to the outbreak of Covid19 in our area we are increasing the use of Video Visits. We are asking patients with suspected symptoms or known exposure to make virtual visit appointments so we can keep our waiting room and office from becoming infected.  Please  call our office so we can assess whether this is an option for you. You must be on www.mybeaumontchart.com to have access. 
BEAUMONY HEALTH MESSAGE REGARDING COVID-19

As the new coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to evolve, Beaumont Health is taking multiple steps to help reduce the spread of the disease.

  • Beaumont Health has launched a Coronavirus Hotline: 248-551-7000.​​​​​​​
  • Visitor safety restrictions to be put in place at all eight Beaumont hospitals.
"We appreciate the community’s support and understanding as we take steps to help keep people healthy and stop the spread of the disease. Beaumont is prepared to care for patients diagnosed with the virus. We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines and regularly communicating with county and state health officials," said Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont’s medical director of Infectious Disease and Epidemiology. "The best defense is to practice good hand hygiene and avoid contact with people who are sick."

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 HOTLINE: 248-551-7000
Staffed by Beaumont nurses, the hotline is a community resource for timely, accurate information about COVID-19 symptoms and virtual screening for people who are experiencing symptoms. The line is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Nurses will answer questions about the virus and direct patients to the appropriate level of care:
  • Treating symptoms at home.
  • Following up with a primary doctor.
  • Seeking treatment at an urgent care or an emergency center.
Beaumont urges patients who have COVID-19 symptoms: cough, fever, difficulty breathing, to call ahead to the hotline before being examined by a physician. This will help health care providers reduce the likelihood of others getting exposed. If you need medical attention during a time when the hotline is not active, please call ahead to the physician’s office, urgent care or emergency center before traveling there.

For general information about coronavirus/COVID-19 and how to stay healthy during this evolving situation, please visit beaumont.org/coronavirus.
Please do not call the hotline unless you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please call 911.

Please visit www.prismmedicalgroup.com for more info about Prism Medical

Dear Patients:
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It our pleasure to provide you with health services and we thank you for entrusting us with your care.  We are now partners in Prism Medical Group, a division of Arcturus Healthcare PLC, a locally owned group of physicians who have joined together to provide high quality medicine in our area.

As you know, over the last few years the healthcare environment has undergone great change and the move to Quality based medicine has led to increased reporting demands on the Doctors. This partnership has allowed us to consolidate our back room operations like billing, accounting and quality metrics to ensure that we are doing the best we can for our patients and practice. We now have access to some health resources in a more timely and cost effective manner, including some lab, x-ray and outreach care services. You will notice some changes in our signage, phone messages and billing statements, but we promise to continue to provide you and your family, the same caring, compassionate high quality healthcare we always have. We are very confident that the move to Arcturus allows us to do what we do best; care for our patients.

We appreciate the trust you have shown in allowing us to provide for your medical needs. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your Doctor, management or our staff.
Dr. Bering & Dr. Weiermiller and Staff
CALL US FIRST!

While we realize that at times urgent care centers are convenient, we would also like to take this time to remind you that we are available to our patients 24/7. We have same day appointments for urgent care and will return all phone calls the same day. Our answering service is available 24 hours a day. We ask that you please contact us first before going to an urgent care or emergency room so we can assess your medical needs and recommend a treatment.  We have found some urgent care facilities are not providing the quality care we want for our patients. We want to be sure you are getting the best health care advice possible. We can save you hours in a waiting room or even treament for the wrong diagnosis for a condition that may have been able to wait until the next day.
 
​​​​​​​Call our office at 248-817-2230 or after hours call
our Answering Service at 248-544-6917​​​​​​​
If you need care urgently, and we are not available, we advise you visit DocNow Urgent Care* for quality care provided by an Arcturus Healthcare Doctor.  

DocNow Urgent Care now allows patients to reserve their spot in line ahead of time with ClockWiseMD!  From the PRISM website, www.prismmedicalgroup.com you can click on urgent care, which will take you to the DocNow website.  There, you can click on “Online Reservation Request“ to reserve a spot in line at a specified time. You can also reserve your spot by clicking on the ClockwiseMD link above.  It will display current estimated wait times for walk-ins.  Check it out and reserve your spot in line!
  
DocNow is located at:
WellPointe Building
1701 East South Boulevard, Suite 150 (just west of Dequindre)
Rochester Hills, MI 48307
*DocNow is a department of Arcturus Healthcare, PLC 
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HAPPY MARCH!
March is...
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month http://www.ccalliance.org/awareness-month
American Diabetes Alert Day (Mar 24) https://www.diabetes.org/risk-test
National Nutrition Month https://www.eatright.org/
National School Breakfast Week (Mar 2-6)  https://schoolnutrition.org/nsbw/
Multiple Sclerosis Education Month http://msfocus.org
Kick Butts Day (Mar 18)
https://www.takedowntobacco.org/about
World Kidney Day (Mar 12) http://www.worldkidneyday.org
National Kidney Month
https://www.kidney.org/content/national-kidney-month
National Endometriosis Awareness Month http://www.endomarch.org/
National Problem Gambling Awareness Month https://www.ncpgambling.org/programs-resources/programs/pgam/
World Tuberculosis Day (Mar 24th) http://www.cdc.gov/tb/worldtbday/
National Sleep Awareness Week ® (March 8-14 https://sleepfoundation.org/SAW
Our  office is located on the northeast corner of South Boulevard and John R Road, just one mile west of William Beaumont Hospital and its ancillary services.

OUR ADDRESS:                                         
Executive Place
1055 South Boulevard E. Suite 220
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

OUR PHONE NUMBERS:
(248)817-2230
(248) 817-2891  (fax)        

Prism Medical Group

WELCOME TO OUR PRACTICE!

We are Board Certified Physicians specializing in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. We see patients from birth to  adulthood.

We look foward to caring for you and your family and encourage you to take an active part in your medical treatment plan.

Do you know someone looking for a new physician? If you like our practice please let others know.  We are always accepting new patients and appreciate word of mouth and patient referrals.  Thank you!
Questions are always welcome!​
COVID-19 RISK FACTORS, SYMPTOMS AND FACE MASKS
People at higher risk for the virus include those who develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. Risk factors increase if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of the disease.
The CDC does not recommend face masks for healthy people to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. Only wear a mask if a health care professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and/or are showing symptoms. This helps protect others from getting infected.

ATTENTION PATIENTS:

We are participating with several new insurances although we may not appear in the directory. IF YOU
HAVE A NEW INSURANCE PLAN PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE BEFORE CHANGING PROVIDERS! 

GM Employees choosing the HAP Plan: HAP has agreed to include Beaumont Primary Care Doctors in the plan although we may not appear in directory of available physicians.  Please call our office if you would like to stay with our Practice to verify that we are participating in your new plan.
DID YOU SWITCH TO AN HMO?

PLEASE BE SURE TO SELECT US AS YOUR DOCTORS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT.  

We will not able able to see you if we are not listed as your primary care physician.  Call your insurance company to verify this.

Also,  HMO's generally require a referral from the Doctor prior to seeing a specialist. Referrals take 7-10 days to process, so please  call our office BEFORE you make an appointment to see a specialist.  Find out more under Referrals on the Our Practice Tab.
THANK YOU!

GET THE FACTS

WE STILL HAVE FLU SHOTS !
The Flu Season is still with Us!
Stay healthy and get
GET YOUR FLU SHOT TODAY!

Fight the flu-call for an appointment today!
Why get a flu shot?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death Each year in the U.S., more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from seasonal flu-related complications. Over the last 31 flu seasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates annual deaths ranging from a low of 3,000 to a high of 49,000 people.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses and its complications. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older.

Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. A flu vaccine is needed every year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear annually, which is why the flu vaccine is reformulated each year to keep up with the flu viruses as they change.

When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.
Patients 65 and Older:
We still have some doses of the High Dose Flu Vaccine.  It is the first flu vaccine specially formulated for people 65 years and older.
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We now have a Registered Dietician on staff. She is available to see patients one day a week in our office. Ask your Dr for a referral.

OUR OFFICE HOURS


Monday   8:30am-5:00pm
Tuesday   9:30am-7:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-5:00pm
Thursday  8:30am-5:00pm
Friday      8:30am-5:00pm

Closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 everyday except Tuesday
Tuesday closed 2:00-3:00 pm

AFTER HOURS
If you are experiencing an urgent problem and the office is closed, please call our answering service at:
(248) 544-6917
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The answering service will contact us and a Doctor will return your call as soon as possible.

Please note: Nonurgent prescription refills and test results are handled during regular business hours.
INSURANCES
We accept most major insurances, please check with your insurance company directly to ensure that we participate with your specific plan. Each insurance company offer many different plans. 
We participate with the following insurance plans:
AARP
Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Care Network/BCN Advatage
Champus (CHAMPVA)
Cigna (HAP/CIGNA)
Cofinity
GM Connected Care
 
(through Henry Ford Health System)
Golden Rule
HAP
Health Plus (MI CHILD)
Humana Choice
 (PPO and Medicare)
McLaren
Medicare   (including MR Railroad)
Medicare Plus Blue

Multiplan/Cofinity
Priority Health
  • PPO/HMO/POS & Medicare
Total Health Care
UMR Beaumont Insurance
United Healthcare 
We do not accept Medicaid of any Type

Not all Insurance Plans are listed.
If you do not see yours listed please call our office at
(248) 817-2230
to verify that we accept your insurance.
THANK YOU!






PROUD MEMBERS OF
BEAUMONT HEALTH SYSTEM
WELCOME TO OUR 
PATIENT CENTERED MEDICAL
HOME 
Learn More:

TAKE THE RISK TEST TODAY

Diabetes Alert Day
American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day® is on March 24, 2020! Observed annually on the fourth Tuesday in March, Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day “wake-up call” that focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk. We encourage you to find out if you – or someone you love – is at risk for type 2 diabetes by taking this quick and simple Diabetes Risk Test.

Did You Know?
  • Diabetes affects about 30.3 million Americans or about 9.4 percent of the U.S. population.
  • Nearly 1 in 4 adults living with diabetes, or 7.2 million Americans, are unaware that they have the disease.
  • Another 84 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.
  • Nine out of 10 adults with prediabetes don’t know they have it.

go to mybeaumontchart.com

HAVE YOU ACTIVATED YOUR myBEAUMONTCHART?

View your medical information online from anywhere through Beaumont's myBeaumontchart electronic medical record.
  • Receive test results online
  • Review your medication
  • Review after visit summaries and discharge summaries
  • Access up to date health information
  • Now you can request proxy access for children and family members
  • Stay in touch and communicate with your physician.
  • Manage appointment and Hospital bills.
  • You can even request your Prescription Refills!
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

SIGN UP TODAY AT:
(click here)
Or ask at our Front Desk!

Expecting
a Baby?
​Congratulations!
Having a baby is a very exciting and rewarding experience!  Choosing a pediatrician to care for your baby is an important decision.  We hope you will consider our Practice when it comes time to make that choice.  We are committed to providing excellent care to your child, from birth through adulthood and take great pride in providing the highest quality comprehensive care in a compassionate, friendly yet professional environment.

We are Board Certified Physicians specializing in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.  As “MedPeds” Doctors, we completed a residency in both fields and are Board Certified to practice in both specialties.  Our practice offers you a unique opportunity to provide your child with a physician who can continue to care for him or her throughout their life.

We still see and care for our patients at the Hospital, so we will be there for you and your new baby from the very first day.

In order to better familiarize yourself with our practice as you make this decision, we encourage you to make an appointment to meet with us at the office to answer any questions and learn about the services we offer.

We look forward to developing a relationship with you and your family to provide lifelong excellent care for all your medical needs.

Schedule your “prenatal consult"  Meet and Greet with one of our physicians today by calling our office at
(248) 817-2230
VACCINES SAVE LIVES!
​​​​​​​DON'T PUT YOUR YOUR BABY OR  CHILD AT RISK-VACCINATE TODAY!

Vaccines given to infants and young children over the past two decades will prevent 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Doubts about vaccines safety and fading memories of vaccine-preventable diseases have contributed to a resurgence of nearly forgotten diseases such as measles, which was officially declared eradicated in the USA in 2000.

Numerous studies have debunked the notion that vaccines cause autism or other chronic diseases. Factual evidence shows that vaccines are some of the safest medications available, but rumors and conspiracy theories still spread.

Please speak to your Doctor if you have any questions or concerns about Vaccines.  We follow AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) guidelines and recommendatons for vaccines.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
March is National Nutrition Month and we want to help you to eat healthy and stay healthy.  Here is a tip from our dietician.  Find More helpful tips at https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/toolkit

LEARN MORE

Tobacco-Free Kids
Kick Butts Day  MARCH 18, 2020
Ninety percent of all adult smokers begin this deadly addiction as teenagers, or earlier. As a result, youth are critical and powerful voices in the fight against tobacco. Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. On March 18, 2020,more than 1,000 events in schools and communities across the United States and even around the world will focus attention on the deadly dangers of tobacco use.
On Kick Butts Day, teachers, youth leaders and health advocates work to:
•    Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community;
•    Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and
•    Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.

Get the facts here

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​​​​​​​Meningococcal Meningitis can spread quickly, and teenagers and young adults are at greatest risk.

Is your teen going off to  college soon?  Have they received their Menactra Booster?  As you are busy checking off the dorm supply list make sure to add getting the vaccine to your to-do list.

So what is meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective layer around the brain and spinal cord.This inflammation can be caused by a virus, a bacterium, or even a fungus.
  • Viral meningitis is the most common form. It is serious but generally not life threatening, and it usually goes away in 7 to 10 days.
  • Bacterial meningitis is rare, but it is very serious and potentially fatal. It includes meningococcal disease.
Meningococcal disease, can progress quickly. It can make an infant or teenager very sick and may even be life threatening. Meningococcal disease spreads just like the flu, passing from person to person through everyday activities. Some people carrying the bacteria never get sick, so they might pass it to others without knowing.
According to the CDC, teenagers and young adults are most likely to get meningitis. Research has shown that the following activities put teenagers and young adults at greater risk:
  • Living in close quarters, such as college dormitories
  • Being in crowded situations for prolonged periods of time (such as locker rooms)
  • Sharing drinking glasses, water bottles, or eating utensils
  • Kissing
  • Staying out late and having irregular sleeping patterns, which weakens the immune system.
Meningococcal meningitis symptoms
Meningococcal meningitis can be difficult to diagnose because its most common symptoms – fever, headache, and muscle pain – may be similar to those of influenza (flu). The symptoms of meningitis can occur suddenly and include:
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Stiff neck or other muscle pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Confusion
  • Rash
  • Seizures
Meningococcal disease is rare. But just how serious is it? Did you know that:
  • Up to 1 in 5 survivors suffer brain damage, amputations, kidney damage, and more
  • As many as 1 in 8 people who get the disease die from it
  • The disease can kill a child in just 24 hours
If your child has symptoms – especially if they’ve been around someone with meningitis – contact a doctor immediately. When it comes to treating this potentially deadly disease, speed is essential.

Don’t take chances with meningitis. You can’t monitor everything your kids do. But you can help protect your child against meningococcal disease and its potentially deadly complications with Menactra vaccine. Menactra is a safe and effective vaccine that helps protect against meningococcal disease.

Your child should receive their first Menactra vaccination at age 11 through 12 years, with a booster dose at age 16 through 18 years 16 years. Talk to your doctor to see if your child has been vaccinated or needs a booster or for any questions you may have.
* information courtesy of www.menactra.com

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THE FACTS ABOUT HPV MAY SURPRISE YOU
WHAT IS HPV?
IT’S ABOUT CANCER. IT’S ABOUT DISEASES. AND IT CAN BE SERIOUS.
If you haven’t heard about the risks of HPV-related cancers and disease yet, it’s time you did. HPV (short for human papillomavirus) is a virus that can infect both males and females and cause potentially serious diseases.
As a parent, you know it’s important to have a healthy diet and regular checkups at the doctor’s office, but you may not know that exposure to HPV can put your child at risk for HPV-related cancers and diseases later in life. 
There are approximately 14 million new HPV infections in the United States every year — about 50% of them in 15- to 24-year-olds. For most, HPV clears on its own. But, for others who don’t clear the virus, HPV could cause potentially serious diseases. Unfortunately, there’s no way to predict who will or won’t clear the virus. Understanding HPV and its possible consequences is the first step in helping your child be one less at risk for certain HPV-related cancers and diseases.
THE FACTS DON’T LIE
Currently, there are about 79 million Americans infected with HPV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each year, 14 million new infections occur in the United States and about half of the newly infected people are 15 to 24 years old.
Please speak to your Doctor about getting your teen the Gardasil Vaccine.  
Get the Facts-Protect their future!

Learn More Here

 DID YOU KNOW?
 A new recommended vaccine to fight Shingles is now available for adults 50 years and older!



What You Need to Know About Shingles and the Shingles Vaccine
Shingles is a painful rash that usually develops on one side of the body, often the face or torso. The rash consists of blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days and clears up within 2 to 4 weeks. Some people describe the pain as an intense burning sensation. For some people, the pain can last for months or even years after the rash goes away. This long-lasting pain is called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), and it is the most common complication of shingles. Your risk of getting shingles and PHN increases as you get older.

In the U.S., currently 1 million people get shingles every year, and about one out of every three people will get shingles in their lifetime. Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.  The virus stays dormant (inactive) in the body and can reactivate years later and cause shingles.
A new shingles vaccine called Shingrix was licensed  by the FDA in 2017. CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of Shingrix, 2 to 6 months apart. Shingrix provides strong protection against shingles and PHN. Shingrix is the preferred vaccine, over Zostavax®, a shingles vaccine in use since 2006.

 Even people who have had shingles or previously got Zostavax can be vaccinated with Shingrix to prevent shingles and the complications caused by the disease.
To learn more speak to your Doctor