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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/Nurse Practioner, 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.​​​​​​​

Covid-19 Vaccine Update

In order to provide our patients with the most up to date information Arcturus Healthcare has assembled a team of your Doctors, Pharmacists, Nurses, and Practice Managers to help bring information to you.  We have designed a plan of action to best meet our patient population while following evidenced based guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Due to guidelines being updated frequently, we ask that you first visit our website www.prismmedicalgroup.com for vaccination information prior to calling the office.

Thank you for your cooperation!                

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​​​​​​​
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. If you have a smart phone, the Doctors are now using Doximity and will issue you an invitation.You simply accept the invitation and intiate the visit.
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Face Masks are REQUIRED to be worn in our Office at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
REGARDING COVID 19
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 using Doximity or phone visit for these patients.
  • All patients must have a face covering.
Please be assured we will be there to answer any questions or to determine if you need to be tested.

Please DO NOT enter the office if you have any symptoms.  
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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 other acute non-infectious problems. We are following the guidelines instituted by the Oakland County Health Department, which include screening and taking temperatures of all our employees on a daily basis, ensuring social distancing is maintained, increased cleaning and disinfecting of our office, and requiring both patients and employees use face coverings in the office.

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 or phone call.  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.  Wear a face mask if you are entering a store or other enclosed area. 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 the health of all our patient's 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. 
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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

What 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. 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. Call the office to get more information on how to get access.
And of course consult your health care team for other tips on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

FIND OUT MORE

​​​​​​​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 

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country and the world, we all must remain vigilant. The changes we have had to make to routines and daily life are extremely hard, but these changes are even more important now and in the future. We must stop the spread of this new and dangerous virus. The more steps you and your family can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the safer you will be.

Three Important Ways to Slow the Spread
hands washing and hands using hand sanitizer
How to Protect Yourself When Going Out
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others.
    • Choose a mask with two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric that fits snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Stay 6 feet apart and avoid crowds.
    • The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.
  • Avoid indoor spaces as much as possible, particularly ones that aren’t well ventilated.
    • You may find it harder to stay 6 feet apart in indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands often.
    • Use soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
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BEAUMONT 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.

  • Visitor safety restrictions to be put in place at all eight Beaumont hospitals.
  • Beaumont Health has launched a Coronavirus Hotline:

Beaumont's hotline is staffed by Beaumont nurses and staff seven days a week. 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 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

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 go to   https://www.beaumont.org/health-wellness/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.

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Wishing you a Safe and Happy 2021!
February 2021
FEBRUARY IS...
American Heart Month   http://www.heart.org
National Wear Red Day (Feb 5) https://www.goredforwomen.org/
World Cancer Day (Feb 4)  www.worldcancerday.org
National Donor Day (Feb 14) www.organdonor.gov
National Eating Disorder Awareness week (Feb 22-Feb 28) https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ 
Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (Feb 7-14)  https://mendedhearts.org/chd-awareness-week/
Int’l Prenatal Infection Prevention Month http://www.groupbstrepinternational.org
Children’s Dental Health Month http://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month/
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month https://preventblindness.org/februarys-amd-awareness-month/
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 East South Boulevard 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!​
WE HAVE FLU SHOTS !
The flu season is HERE!
Stay healthy this winter
GET YOUR FLU SHOT TODA
Y!


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.
THANK YOU!

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.

KEEP SAFE & HEALTHY THIS WINTER SEASON 

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

  • Take everyday preventive actions that are always recommended to reduce the spread of flu.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • If you are sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizing rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu.
  • For flu, CDC recommends that people stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone except to get medical care or other necessities. Fever should be gone without the need to use a fever-reducing medicine. 
  • In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, local governments or public health departments may recommend additional precautions be taken in your community. Follow those instructions.

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.
ATTENTION PATIENTS WHO ARE 65 YEARS AND OLDER:
We now 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.
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

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:
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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

Visit Here to download the guide

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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Observed every year on February 14th, National Donor Day is an observance dedicated to spreading awareness and education about organ, eye and tissue donation. By educating and sharing the Donate Life message, we can each take small steps every day to help save and heal more lives, and honor the donor’s legacy of generosity and compassion. National Donor Day is a time to focus on all types of donation—organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelets and marrow. Join us by participating in local events, sharing social media messages and encouraging others to register as donors.

National Donor Day is also a day to recognize those who have given and received the gift of life through organ, eye and tissue donation, are currently waiting for a lifesaving transplant, and those who died waiting because an organ was not donated in time.

In addition to registering to be an organ, eye and tissue donor or contributing to the DLA cause, you can also download our National Donor Day images and Donor Day Valentine’s Cards to raise awareness about donation throughout social media—link these images to other resources for your friends and followers to utilize within your local and online communities.

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The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives. Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental and physical illnesses that can affect people of all genders, ages, races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, body shapes, and weights. In fact, eating disorders have the second highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders, surpassed only by opioid addiction.

Eating disorders are widely misunderstood illnesses and support options are often inaccessible. As a result, too many people are left feeling helpless, hopeless, and frightened. Through our programs and services, NEDA raises awareness, builds communities of support and recovery, funds research, and puts life-saving resources into the hands of those in need.

GET MORE INFO HERE!

FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH

It's February – American Heart Month – a time when the nation spotlights heart disease, the No. 1 killer of Americans.

Throughout the month, the American Heart Association's "Heart to Heart: Why Losing One Woman Is Too Many" campaign will raise awareness about how 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease annually.

The first Friday of American Heart Month, Feb. 5, is also National Wear Red Day as part of the AHA's Go Red for Women initiative. Coast to coast, landmarks, news anchors and neighborhoods go red to raise awareness and support for the fight against heart disease. For more information on the event and other activities during the month, visit goredforwomen.org.

This year, the federally designated event is even more important due to the impact of the coronavirus on the public's heart health, including potential harmful effects on the heart and vascular system, according to recent research. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have delayed or avoided going to hospitals for heart attacks and strokes – netting poorer outcomes and prompting the AHA to create "Don't Die of Doubt," a national awareness campaign that reminds people that hospitals are the safest place to go when you have symptoms.

And while in lockdown, more people have engaged in unhealthy lifestyle behaviors, such as eating poorly, drinking more alcohol and limiting physical activity, that can contribute to heart disease.

Meanwhile, heart disease continues to be the greatest health threat to Americans and is still the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the AHA's Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2021 Update. The update, reports that nearly 18.6 million people across the globe died of cardiovascular disease in 2019, the latest year for which worldwide statistics are calculated. That's a 17.1% increase over the past decade. And 523.2 million cases of cardiovascular disease were reported in 2019, a 26.6% increase over 2010.

During American Heart Month, the AHA and other organizations reinforce the importance of heart health, the need for more research and efforts to ensure that millions of people live longer and healthier.

In most cases, heart disease is preventable when people adopt a healthy lifestyle, which includes not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, treating high blood pressure, getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week and getting regular checkups.

Click the heart link above to get more information

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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. 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!

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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.
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