FLU SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
MAKE YOUR FLU SHOT
We are getting our flu shots in, so
call our office to make an appointment for your shot. We are scheduling appoinments, so don't get caught without yours. Appointments times are filling up-Call today to ensure you get your desired appointment time!
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.
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
- except DETROIT HMO
- except COMMUNITY PLAN (MEDICAID)
Health Plus (MI CHILD)
Priority Health PPO & HMO
Beaumont Insurance (BHP)
- 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.
Did You Know...?
There is a New Vaccine Recommendation for Adults Age 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 VISIThttp://www.adult.prevnar13.com
Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month.
Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough.Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits. People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Some types of cancer
- High blood pressure
Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:
- Lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer
- Maintain or reach a healthy weight
- Keep your body strong and active
Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:
- Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.
- Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks.
- Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week
Communities, health professionals, businesses, and families can work together to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Make a difference: Spread the word about tips for healthy eating and encourage families, and individuals to get involved.
Ovarian Cancer is one of the most deadly of women's cancers. In women ages 35-74, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer-related deaths. An estimated one woman in 75 will develop ovarian cancer during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be over 22,280 new cases of ovarian cancer diagnosed in the US this year and that more than 14,240 women will die from ovarian cancer this year. It is estimated by the World Health Organization that there are over 238,000 new cases diagnosed annually and nearly 152,000 deaths worldwide.
This cancer typically occurs in women in their fifties and sixties with the median age being 63. Many women who are diagnosed with Ovarian cancer have a genetic history that may include carrying the BRCA mutation gene and having a strong family history of ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, because of the nonspecific and generalized symptons, many women don't seek help until the disease has begun to spread, but if detected at its earliest stage, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. There is no adequate screening test of ovarian cancer at this time which is one of the reasons that this cancer is often discovered in later stages. Due to ovarian cancer's non-specific symptoms and lack of early detection tests, about 20 percent of all cases are found early, meaning in stage I or II. If caught in stage III or higher, the survival rate can be as low as 28 percent.
Due to the nature of the disease, each woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer has a different profile and it is impossible to provide a general prognosis.The symptoms of ovarian cancer are often subtle and easily confused with other ailments and may include:
• Pelvic or Abdominal pain
• Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
• Urinary urgency or frequency
• Nausea, indigestion, gas, constipation or diarrhea
• Extreme fatigue
• Shortness of breath
• Weight Gain
Talk to your doctor if symptoms last more than 2-3 weeks. You are your best advocate.
Visit Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) for important information
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're 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
- 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:
- Stiff neck or other muscle pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Sensitivity to light
Don’t take chances with meningitis.
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
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.
To Learn more about Menactra vaccine start here.
* information courtesy of www.menactra.com