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.
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.
Alzheimer's impact is growing
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
Go Purple with a Purpose for Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
Watch the Video above to learn more about Alzheimer's
The 18th Annual GERD Awareness Week is November 19-25, 2017.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a very common disorder. Each year around the week of Thanksgiving, IFFGD encourages people experiencing the symptoms, which may be GERD-related, to consult their physicians to treat and receive information and support regarding this condition.
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
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