The 11th Annual Woofstock will take place on October 22nd in Bienville Square. The entire family, canines included, is welcome to spend the day listening to live music, shopping local vendors, and enjoying food!
All proceeds will benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation. The event will include vendor booths, canine demonstrations, a silent auction, the Weiner Dog Race and Doggie Costume Contest.
Gates open at 11AM and admission is $15 for Adults and $5 for Children. For more information and opportunities to sponsor the event click here.
Everyone six months and older is recommended to receive an annual flu shot. However, there are rare exceptions.
Among adults, complications, hospitalizations, and deaths due to influenza are generally most common among those 50 years old and over. It is strongly recommended, based off of risk factor and potential for severe complications, that you receive the annual flu shot if you meet any of the following criteria:
– People 50 years and older
– People with chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular, renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus)
– People who are immunosuppressed
– Women who are or will be pregnant during the influenza season and women up to two weeks after delivery
– People who are residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities
– Household caregivers of children younger than 5 years and adults aged 50 years and older and of people with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from
You should not receive the flu vaccine if you have a severe or life threatening allergy to any ingredient in the vaccine. Vaccine ingredient lists are available upon request from the location offering flu vaccines. If you have a history of egg allergy you should talk with your doctor or pharmacy before receiving a flu shot. For more information about the flu vaccine click here.
This time of year we see many patients with cold and upper respiratory symptoms. It can be hard, as a patient, to know when to call us for an appointment or if an antibiotic is needed. It is best to avoid antibiotics with a viral infection, especially if symptoms can be managed with decongestants or other over the counter medications. Antibiotics are generally used as a last resort if symptoms worsen and persist for more than 7 days.
With upper respiratory viruses, the first few days of illness are too early to determine if an antibiotic should be used and are best treated by managing symptoms such as cough, congestion, and sore throat. A standard over the counter treatment of cough and congestion with sore throat would be Mucinex (green or blue box), Delsym Cough Syrup, and Advil or Ibuprofen for pain management. However, if you begin to worsen, run fever, or suspect that you may have the flu, it is time to come in and let us perform an examination to best choose a course of treatment.
We encourage you to receive your annual flu vaccine at a location that is most convenient for you. If they are offering flu shots at work or at the local pharmacy, please do not hesitate to take advantage of the opportunity. In the clinic we will offer the Quadrivalent Seasonal Flu Vaccine. If you are 65 years and older and wish to receive the High-Dose Seasonal Flu Vaccine, you may receive that vaccine at your local pharmacy and we would be happy to help you with any questions you may have.
The 2017 GO Run 5K and one mile Fun Run/Walk, presented by the Catranis Family Charitable Foundation, will be held on Saturday, September 16th at the University of South Alabama Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza.
All GO Run proceeds will benefit the gynecologic cancer research taking place at the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute. The event will include prizes, music, vendor booths, food, and children’s activities.
The 5K will begin at 8:00 AM and Fun Run/Walk at 9:00 AM. For more information about the event and to register click here.
You may have recently heard or seen a news report that someone along the Gulf Coast contracted a “flesh eating bacteria” after swimming or fishing leading to hospitalization or sometimes major surgery. Vibrio vulnificus, or the “flesh eating bacteria,” is a naturally occurring organism that is found in warm brackish waters, bays or gulfs, particularly during summer months.
Those with compromised immune systems are more likely to get Vibrio if exposed. However, healthy people can also develop an infection after eating raw seafood, particularly oysters, and exposing open wounds to brackish or salt water.
Prevention is important. According to the ADEM/ADPH Coastal Alabama Beach Monitoring Program, you can easily check the bacteria levels in bodies of water near Mobile, AL by clicking here. Avoid eating raw shellfish and wear protective gloves when handling raw seafood.
If you have a cut or abrasion, do your best to stay out of brackish or salt water or cover the wound with a waterproof bandage if there’s a possibility it could come into contact with water sources. As always, wash cuts or abrasions thoroughly with soap and water after potential exposure and call us if you develop signs of infection.
Football season is here! Whether you cheer “Go Jags,” “War Eagle” or “Roll Tide,” I hope you enjoy the fun and excitement that football season brings and create lasting memories with friends and family. While it is easy to live weekend to weekend during football season, please do not forget to call and schedule your annual exam.
Annual exams should be scheduled near the time of your annual membership renewal. Annuals only take an hour or so and include fasting lab work. Please keep in mind when calling to schedule that it is best to complete your annual exam during the morning hours to prevent you from fasting for a longer period of time. For fasting lab work, please refrain from eating after midnight before your labs are drawn. You can drink water and/or black coffee with no cream or sugar.
The first annual Doggie Paddle fundraiser will take place on August 26th at the Five Rivers Delta Safaris. All proceeds will go to support Animal Shelters along the Gulf Coast.
Pets are welcome and you may bring kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddle boards. Rentals are available.
For more information about time, registration costs, and directions click here.
Did you know that stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and also a leading cause of adult disability? Despite these statistics, research shows that few people know what a stroke is and how to recognize one.
A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, brain cells do not receive oxygen and begin to die. As a result, the abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. Some people recover completely. However, more than 2/3 of stroke survivors will have some type of disability.
If you or a loved one suspect that a stroke is occurring you need to act F.A.S.T. First, look at the FACE and ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? Second, examine the ARMS and ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Third, pay attention to SPEECH and ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange? Last, TIME is important. If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
To read more on recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke click here to visit the National Stroke Association website.
The new school year is here! We hope your children have a wonderful first day back in class. The start of school always brings excitement for a new year, but also lots of traffic.
Access MD is located in the heart of Spring Hill and for most patients a very convenient commute. Summer has us all spoiled with the decrease in heavy morning and afternoon traffic along Old Shell Road. However, the school zones are back and carpool lines are here.
Adding to the traffic situation, we also have some nearby road closures. Please note that McGregor Road is closed between Old Shell Road and Dauphin Street to allow for the installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters. Please take into consideration these things when commuting to the office for your appointment.
The month of August also brings an interesting and rare solar event! We hope that you and your family will be able to catch the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st. Looking directly at the sun, even when it is partially covered by the moon, can cause serious eye damage. Make sure to use a pair of solar eclipse glasses to protect your eyes. Sunglasses are not adequate.
The office will be closed Tuesday, July 4th until Tuesday, July 11th.
As always, we will be available by phone during that time to help in any way with your medical needs.
Please call ahead to schedule an appointment or meeting time.