Specialists in Allergy, Asthma and Sinusitis
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ATTENTION ALL PATIENTS
Last week the CDC stated that the current strains of influenza viruses do not match the common strains of flu vaccine now in circulation. This is due to genetic drift (mutation) the viruses have undergone from the time the vaccine strains were selected to the present. So instead of being about 60-70% effective, the vaccine may be 40-50% effective. It is too late to make a new vaccine for this year’s flu season, and for those who have not been vaccinated, it is still beneficial to get the vaccine to get partial protection from this year’s flu. For those who feel they have the flu – typically symptoms of fever, chills, weakness, cough – it is best to be seen by a doctor quickly since antiviral treatment (the equivalent of antibiotics for virus) can be started within 48 hours of illness onset when they work best.
With the current threat of Ebola virus infection in the US and the need for Ebola containment, we recommend that if you have a fever of greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or compatible Ebola infection symptoms and have traveled to an Ebola-affected area in the 21 days before illness onset or have an exposure to an individual with Ebola or suspected Ebola illness, that you go directly to your local ER. We are not equipped to evaluate or manage suspected cases of Ebola illness and this is best left to a medical facility which is trained and prepared to manage a suspect case. Ebola-like symptoms include headache, weakness, muscle pain, diarrhea, abdominal pain or abdominal bleeding. Ebola affected areas include: Western Africa including the countries of Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and possibly Nigeria.
Attention Mount Laurel patients: To better accommodate our patients' needs, we are extending our shot hours on Wednesdays to 5:45pm starting on Wednesday, September 3, 2014!!!
Effective June 1, 2014, a $25 fee will be assessed for any appointments cancelled without a 24 hour notice.
For our patients interested in new Sublingual Immunotherapy treatments, our physicians have prepared an informational piece for our patients that answer some of the questions regarding this treatment as opposed to more conventional treatments. Click here to read about Sublingual Immunotherapy for Seasonal Allergies.
, you may read it in our waiting room, or you may get a copy from the front desk when you are in the office.
Enjoy our printable, comprehensive guide on the care and management of asthma.