| #1 way to prevent the flu………get the flu shot!
Flu is easily passed from person to person and the season is upon us. You don’t want to end up losing valuable time by being sick or hospitalized…. So reduce your risk of getting the flu!
Most people who get the flu will have mild illness, will not need medical care or antiviral drugs, and will recover in less than two weeks. Some people, however, are more likely to get flu complications that result in being hospitalized and occasionally result in death. Examples of flu-related complications are pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections. The flu also can make chronic health problems worse.
High risk patients include:
· Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
· Adults 65 years of age and older
· Pregnant women
OR THOSE WHO HAVE
· Neurological or neurodevelopmental conditions
· Chronic lung disease
· Heart disease
· Blood disorders
· Endocrine disorders
· Liver disorders
· Metabolic disorders
· Weakened immune system due to disease or medication
· People younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy
· People who are morbidly obese
For more information on seasonal influenza, please visit CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu) or for information regarding flu prevention click here.
We are a Patient-Centered Medical Home
Being part of a Patient Centered Medical Home means that every patient will have an ongoing, personal relationship with a physician who provides continuous and comprehensive care. Whatever your medical need is – preventive and wellness, urgent, on-going chronic or end-of-life care – your personal physician and care team will collectively take responsibility for your ongoing care. Should additional care be needed, your personal physician will take responsibility for appropriately arranging care with other qualified specialists, including diagnosticians, hospitals, nursing homes, or hospice.
The Patient Centered Medical Home model strives to improve primary care by strengthening the dynamic of the patient-doctor relationship. By using a more complete approach to care, physicians collaborate with patients and their families encouraging one and all to be more actively involved in their care. This approach to healthcare has continued to show a distinguished performance compared to peers by lower rates of emergency room visits, fewer inpatient discharges and a lower rate of high-tech radiology use.
We are very pleased to announce we were designated as one of 25 practices that achieved BCBSM Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) designation for 2013-2014 through the WMPN PGIP group. LTPC has worked very hard to achieve and maintain our PCMH designation!
If you are looking for a more personal approach to healthcare for you and your family, our “medical home” will care for your family, as we would care for ourselves.
Little Traverse Primary Care is currently accepting new patients at all three office locations. Our clinics offer:
- Urgent Care
- Chronic Disease Management
- Laceration Repair
- Pediatric Care
- Dermatological Care
- Medical Nutritionist
- Diabetes Educators
- Fracture Care
- On-site X-Ray & Lab
- DOT & CDL Physicals
- Pre-Employment Physicals & Screenings
- Wellness & Preventative Healthcare
- Psychological Services
Ann Scott, RN, MSN, CDE, strives to help everyone successfully manage their diabetes. Watch for articles from her that will provide information on ways to help you successfully self-manage your diabetes. As there are always advancements in treating diabetes, these articles are to help keep you informed and assist you to reach the best possible control of your diabetes. The focus is PREVENTION.
If you have questions for Ann, please call 231-347-5400 to schedule an appointment to meet with her.
Improve your Blood Glucose Control
One of the most important reasons to monitor your blood sugars is to identify any patterns or trends that are foiling your efforts to get better control. Low blood sugar cannot be detected by the A1C test that is done in our office every 3 months or an occasional test done on your glucometer. The only way to detect low blood sugar is to use your glucometer and test regularly or when you experience any of the symptoms of low blood sugar.....
To read Ann's full article please click here.