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. 

NEW PROVIDER

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.

LET US BECOME YOUR MEDICAL HOME.

If you are switching to Blue Cross Blue Shield, please make sure you update your primary care provider. All of our providers are available to treat you under this new plan. For more details, please click the link below www.azblue.com

LATEST NEWS FROM OUR BLOG

Zika – Up to Date

It has been two years since the Zika virus first became front page news.  The height of reporting was during the 2016 Summer Olympics.  The headlines conveyed the concern over the threat of the Zika virus, with a number of female athletes not participating due to pregnancy risks from the infection.   Our discussion last December included the increasing numbers of traveler-borne infections reported in the United States.   The concern is the possibility of severe damage suffered by the fetus of pregnant women, a true consequence of the virus.  This devastating impairment causes children to be born with microcephaly, severely damaging the development of the brain and nervous system.  The transmission commonly is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, but can also be spread through sexual contact.

Proactive control measures have been deemed successful in Miami-Dade County of southern Florida.  Previously listed as cautionary area for travel, this label has been removed as of June 2, 2017.  Although the risk now is likely to be low, there may still be episodic diagnoses of Zika.  With the earmark of $1.8 billion by the federal government, the investment is proving positive.  As of August 2, 2017, there are only 185 known cases of Zika currently in the U.S.   Of those, all but one case was contracted during travel abroad, and the last from sexual transmission.

The significant ebb and flow related to endemic infections presents itself now in Brownsville, Texas.  On November 28, 2016, the Texas Department of State Health Services had reported their first case of local mosquito-borne infection.  Since that index case, additional cases had been reported.  The concern, of course, is that the infection may reside in local mosquitos rather than the infection being brought into the states by a traveler having contracted the infection abroad.  Currently listed at a yellow precautionary level, this recommendation is that pregnant women avoid travel to this area.  A quick link for further information about Brownsville can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/texas-update.html.

The U.S. Territories reported 553 cases since the beginning of the calendar year.  Of those reports, 40 are from American Samoa, 39 are from the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 474 are from Puerto Rico.  All of these cases are presumed to be from local mosquito borne transmissions.  The Puerto Rico Department of Public Health has responded with increased education of citizens, increased health surveillance to pregnant women, and enhanced low volume control spraying for mosquito population management.

Of course, prevention is optimal to prevent mosquito bites in any endemic area for any disease attributed to mosquitos.  These measures include using an EPA registered insect repellent with specific attention to following the directions.  Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants which act as a mechanical barrier to protection.  Make sure window screens are in good repair, and use air conditioning when available.  As well, at least weekly, empty out free-standing water in buckets, birdbaths, flowerpots, tires and trashcans where mosquitos are known to breed.

For those traveling internationally, the Center for Disease Control is an excellent resource for Zika information.  Those traveling to Mexico, Central and South America, and Africa should pay particular attention to these travel guidelines.  This guideline can be found at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information.

Bradford Croft, DO

East Flagstaff Family Medicine