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Welcome to the website for Dr. Thomas Bering and Dr. Richard Weiermiller.  It is our goal to provide our patients with valuable information about our Internal Medicine and Pediatric Practice and helpful tips and reminders about healthcare.  If you have any questions or need additional information please do not hesitate to ask us or one of our friendly and supportive staff members.
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NOVEMBER 2018
WISHING YOU AND YOURS A HAPPY THANKSGIVING
NOVEMBER is…..
Lung Cancer Awareness Month  www.lung.org
Great American Smokeout (Nov 19) www.cancer.org
American Diabetes Month www.diabetes.org
National Healthy Lunch Day (Sept 19) www.diabetes.org
National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month www.alz.org
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week (Nov 18–24) www.aboutgerd.org
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month www.pancan.org
COPD Awareness Month www.copdfoundation.org
National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month  www.nostomachforcancer.org
Diabetic Eye Disease Month www.friendsforsight.org
National Hospice Palliative Care Month www.nhpco.org/hospice-month
National Family Caregivers Month http://caregiveraction.org
National Healthy Skin Month www.aad.org
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)        

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!​
FLU SHOTS ARE IN!
The flu season in just around the corner.

Stay healthy this winter
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.
ATTENTION PATIENTS WHO ARE 65 YEARS AND OLDER:

We Carry the High Dose Flu Vaccine!
It is the first flu vaccine specially formulated for people 65 years and older. As you get older, your immune system weakens. Therefore, you don't have as high an antibody response after receiving the traditional flu vaccine to help your body fight off the flu. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is made for people 65+ to help promote a stronger immune response to the flu than a regular flu shot. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine has 4 times the antigen of a regular flu shot for a stronger immune response to the flu. This helps protect those 65+ from the flu and the dangerous complications that can come with it.
Flu complications can be especially devastating when you're 65 or older. Up to 90% of flu-related deaths and 60% of flu-related hospitalizations in the U.S. occur in people 65 or older. That's why it's important to take extra precautions to help protect yourself. So what can you do? Get vaccinated.  It's the best way to help protect yourself from the flu virus and its complications.
Fluzone High-Dose vaccine may be covered with no co-payment or deductible under Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and private insurance policies.
Speak to your Doctor about wheter the High Dose Flu Vaccine is right for you.
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!
Do you know about the vaccine
recommended for adults 65 and older?
Prevnar 13® is recommended for all adults 65 years of age or older. 
Adults 65 years of age or older are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease. Elderly patients are about 3 times more likely over the age of 65 to acquire community-acquired pneumonia (the prevalence rate 70 in 100,000). If you yourself have not already suffered from pneumonia at some point in your life, you probably know someone who has. It can be very serious, cause hospitalization, and possibly be fatal.
If you are over the age of 65, or if you know someone who is over the age of 65, take note of this new recommendation and take action. 

​​Ask your Doctor for more information OR  VISIT http://www.adult.prevnar1

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

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:
 Blue Cross Blue Shield:
  • All States
  • All Plans except BC COMPLETE
 Blue Care Network:
  • All Plans
 Medicare
 Aetna
 Humana  
  • except DETROIT HMO
 Cofinity
 Golden Rule
 HAP
 United Healthcare
  • except COMMUNITY PLAN (MEDICAID)
 Health Plus (MI CHILD)
 Priority Health PPO & HMO
 McLaren
 Cigna (HAP/CIGNA)
 Beech Street
 Beaumont Insurance (BHP)
 Champus (CHAMPVA)
 First Health
 Medicaid
  • We do not accept MEDICAID HMO HEALTH PLANS
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

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 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 

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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!
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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" with one of our physicians today by calling our office at
(248) 817-2230
WELCOME TO OUR 
PATIENT CENTERED MEDICAL
HOME 
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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.​​​​

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Are you or a loved one struggling with Diabetes?
November is
American Diabetes Month®
The mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. You can be part of the movement to Stop Diabetes. Take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out your risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  Visit the American Diabetes website to learn about Health & Fitness, Healthly Diets, what you can do to stop diabetes and how to  beg an advocate in your community.Get the Facts and start working toward a heathier you!
Here are some recent statistics on diabetes:
  • Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, nearly 10% of the population.
  • Every 19 seconds someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with diabetes.
  • Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes,a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.
  • People with prediabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke.
  • Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults but can appear in young people.
  • Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes by 2050.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

You've Been Diagnosed-What Now?

Start Here
First, take a deep breath. You have type 2 diabetes. And yes, it's a big deal. But you know what? It’s also something you can deal with. And the American Diabetes Association is here to help.
Finding Out
When people first find out that they have diabetes, it's sometimes really scary, or sad, or even hard to believe. After all, you probably don't feel sick, or any different than you felt before you were told you have diabetes. And yet it is very important to take this disease seriously. Some people who learn they have diabetes worry that it means their life is over, or that they won't be able to do everything they used to do. Neither of those things is true.
Your New Job
What is true is that you may need to change some things about your daily routine. It's not your fault that you got diabetes, but it is your job to take care of yourself. Luckily, there's a lot that you can do to keep yourself healthy. This section of diabetes.org will give you the first steps for taking control of your diabetes.
We Are Here to Help
Diabetes is a journey. The American Diabetes Association is ready to be with you every step of the way.
The American Diabetes Association also offers free information and support via:

DO YOU NEED HELP QUITTING? Take the Stop Smoking Quiz.


Get ready to lose the habit, and become victorious over tobacco. The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event is your chance to triumph over addiction. Every November, we set aside the third Thursday to encourage smokers to go the distance, and to finally give up smoking.
About 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. As of 2013, there were also 12.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and over 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.
By quitting — even for one day — you will be taking an important step toward a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing your cancer risk. It’s a race for your health, and it starts today. Today’s the day that win.
(courtesy of the american cancer society)

The 19th Annual GERD Awareness Week is
November 18-24, 2018.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a very common disorder. GERD is a condition where stomach contents flow back (reflux) into the esophagus (food tube) causing troublesome symptoms and/or possible damage to the esophagus. GERD is a chronic disease for which long-term medical therapy is usually effective. Each year around the week of Thanksgiving, IFFGD encourages people experiencing the symptoms, which may be GERD-related, to consult their physicians and to contact us to receive information and support regarding the condition.
TO LEARN MORE.
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 more4,10-12
  • As many as 1 in 8 people who get the disease die from it4,19
  • The disease can kill a child in just 24 hours16
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 abooster or for any qustions you may have.
* information courtesy of www.menactra.com
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Get the Facts about Menactra & Meningitis and Your Teen
Learn More Here!
Competitive Sports:
Helping Kids Play it Cool
Sports are a great way for kids to have fun, stay fit, improve skills, and make friends.  But it's not always fun and games out on the field or court. The pressure to succeed can be overwhelming and that can lead to a lot of frustration and tears.

In some cases, sports pressure is self-inflicted. Some kids are natural perfectionists and are just too hard on themselves when things don't go their way. But more often than not, the pressure is external: Kids try to satisfy the demands of a parent, coach, or other authority figure and end up feeling like winning is the only way to gain the approval of the adults they respect.

Either way, how kids learn to cope with sports pressure and what the adults in their lives teach them about it, either directly or indirectly, not only affects their performance and enjoyment of the sport, but can have a lasting impact on how they deal with similar challenges throughout life.

There is a fine line between encouraging kids and pushing too hard. Overzealous parents tend to overreact to mistakes, and game losses, which often causes kids to do the same. And when kids beat themselves up over mistakes, they're missing an important opportunity to learn how to correct problems and develop resiliency. Make sure your child knows you understand that a game is just a game.

Playing sports can teach many wonderful life lessons: valuing teamwork, overcoming challenges, controlling emotions, taking pride in accomplishments, but only if you stay out of the way and let your kids learn them. In fact, by taking a step back, you're showing your kids that you trust them to handle situations on their own.

Sports are about enhancing self-esteem building social skills, and developing a sense of community.  Above all, whether kids play on the varsity or club team or at a weekend pick-up game, the point is to have fun. By keeping that as the priority, you can help your child learn to ride the highs and lows that are a natural part of the competion. 
from kidshealth.org

learn more here

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.

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!
For more info go to https://www.gardasil9.com/​​​​​​