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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Flu, Measles, Meningitis, Pneumonia and Shingles vaccines

Flu shots are in!
Please come in for your flu shot, It is important!   no appointment necessary.
Who should receive MMR boosters?
If you are born between January 1st 1956 to December 31st 1998 and not sure if you have had two doses of vaccines against measles, you will qualify for a booster dose. 
Who should receive meningococcal vaccines?
All adolescents age 11–12 years
All previously unvaccinated adolescents age 13 through 18 years
All previously unvaccinated first-year college students age 19 through 21 years who are or will be living in a residence hall
Who should receive the Shingles Vaccine?
Zostavax™ is recommended for the prevention of herpes zoster and its complications in persons 60 years and older without contraindications (NACI recommendation A, good).
Who should receive Pneumonia vaccines?PCV13 and PPSV23 (Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23)

The ACIP recommends that both PCV13 and PPSV23 be given sequentially to all adults aged ≥65 years and to adults of any age who have the underlying conditions.
All adults age 65 years and older.  
Any adult with chronic illness (hypertension is excluded)

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/vacc-specific/pneumo.html

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Plantar Fasciitis


Suffer plantar fasciitis or "heel spurs"? Maybe expensive arch supports are not necessary?
As a family doc who used to suffer the above condition, I'd like to share my insight.

The pain from plantar fasciitis or "heel spur" is a myofascial pain that is felt any where along the arch of the foot from the heel forward.
It's related to fatigue and spasms of the small muscles in the arch of the foot.  ( this is why it often partially relieved after walking for a while)

To relax and stretch the muscles involved try this:

When walking, place more weight on the heels and lightly lift toes off the floor... Imagine gently touching the roof of the shoes with the top of toe nails.



Worked for me and few friends and patients; I hope it works for others too.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Doctors


Our New Location

We are a group of four family physicians in the Ajax Harwood Plaza since 1990. 
Since January 2015, we have relocated to our new wheelchair accessible space:
T: 905 683 0690      |       Fax: 905 683 1431
It is conveniently located across from the Ajax Town Hall and next to the beautiful Debbie's Boutique Cafe

Medications and Prescription Renewals

Please bring all current medications ( regular meds, meds used as needed regularly) to all your doctor's appointments.
Medication list can be altered by specialist, by pharmacists and by yourself both intentionally and unintentionally; it is imperative that your family doctor knows what medication you are on.
If you come to your appointment without your medications, you may be asked to make another appointment so that you can bring in your medications to avoid mistakes.