8/31/17 We have flu shots! We are open 8-6 M-F and 8-1 on Saturday. No appointment necessary if you are a current patient
EFFM has utilized electronic medical records since 2002.
E-prescribing: sends prescriptions electronically to the pharmacist of your choice to avoid long waits and improve patient safety.
Our goal in care is to provide same or next day appointments between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm through the week and Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm.
East Flagstaff Family Medicine has a new provider starting on Monday 9/18/17. Please welcome Andy!
Andy Conboy is a certified Physician Assistant. Andy grew up in Tucson, AZ where he graduated with his Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Arizona. Andy spent two years working in the surgical unit at Flagstaff Medical Center and fell in love with the area and community.
He received his Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University-Glendale. Andy enjoys practicing preventive medicine and getting to know his patients. In his free time, Andy enjoys spending time in the outdoors, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, disc golf, and gardening.
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Flu Season 2017 – Coming Soon!
As autumn is upon us, it is time to clean the chimney, fire up the furnace and change the air filters. It is also time to get your flu shot, preferably by the end of October. Influenza is a respiratory infection that causes fever, cough, sore throat and nasal congestion. Additional symptoms include headaches, muscle aches and fatigue. As these complaints sound similar to the signs of the common cold, the severity commonly is much worse. Not only can the intensity be serious enough to cause weeks of lost work or school, but the infectiousness can be so powerful as to infect the majority of a workplace or school from a single source. Influenza can evolve into complications which kills thousands of Americans every year, more commonly those with chronic health problems, the elderly and very young. However anyone can suffer a complication of this illness, sometimes requiring hospitalization with significant lost time from daily routines, or even resulting in death.
A severe outbreak may last up to eight weeks, and can possibly expect to infect one out of every three people in a community. Hand washing and hygiene are always important, but the single best prevention of influenza is the seasonal immunization. Appropriate for anyone six months or older, it is especially important for those with any chronic disease such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart, kidney or liver disease, and any kind of cancer. Also, those who are overweight or 50 and older are at a significant risk as well.
The influenza immunization recommendations from the CDC for the 2017-2018 season only include injectable vaccines. This year vaccines have been updated to better match the circulating viruses, and should most commonly be provided as the flu shot (inactivated influenza vaccine or IIV) and the recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV). The nasal spray / live flu vaccines should again not be used during this flu season. For those interested, the protection for this year’s likely infections is recommended to include:
A/Michigan/45/2015 (HINI) pdm09-like virus
A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2)-like virus
B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus (B/Victoria lineage)
B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata lineage)
Annual flu vaccines are commonly covered by most health insurance programs at no cost to patients. These immunizations are readily available at county health clinics, most retail pharmacies and many family doctor offices. Nobody knows when the flu will show up in the community. Of course, the sooner the administration, the more effective the immunization. It can take up to two full weeks to acquire immunity from the shot. Now is the time to prevent the flu! Immunize, and don’t let the flu get YOU!
Bradford Croft, DO
East Flagstaff Family Medicine