DOH-Leon REMINDS YOU TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS THIS FLU SEASON

January 25, 2018

DOH-Leon REMINDS YOU TO TAKE
PRECAUTIONS THIS FLU SEASON

Contact:
Chris Tittel
Christopher.Tittel@FLHealth.gov
(305) 924-6839 / (850) 606-8190

Tallahassee – Flu activity is on the rise across the United States. The latest weekly Florida Flu Review (covering the week of Jan. 14-20) notes flu activity statewide is “high.” In Leon County, flu activity is “moderate.” To see the latest weekly statewide flu reviews, visit www.flhealth.gov.

DOH-Leon urges anyone who has not yet received a flu vaccination to do so now. There are still weeks of flu activity to come. It is not too late to get your flu vaccination. The flu vaccine is safe and recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women.

Flu vaccines can vary in effectiveness from season to season, but they continue to be the best way to prevent influenza infection and serious influenza complications. To locate a flu vaccination near you, contact your health care provider or use DOH’s flu shot locator: www.flhealth.gov/findaflushot

DOH-Leon’s Roberts and Stevens Clinic has flu vaccines available, including for underinsured and uninsured clients, located at 1515 Old Bainbridge Road. Immunization walk-in hours are Mon-Fri 8-11 am and Mon-Thurs 1-4 pm. From Jan. 30 (Tuesday) through Feb. 15, the clinic will also have extended walk-in flu clinic hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-6:30 pm. For additional information, please contact (850) 606-8020.

If you become ill with flu-like symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible. Your health care provider can prescribe antiviral treatment if appropriate. Treatment is most effective when started within 48 hours, so calling as soon as you become ill is important, especially if you or your loved one is at a higher risk for complications: children younger than 5, adults over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with underlying medical conditions.

Stay home from work and keep children home from school or daycare when sick to help prevent spreading the flu to others. It is also essential to practice good hygiene by properly and frequently washing your hands. Make it a habit to clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home, school or office. You can take additional steps to ward off the flu by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and avoiding touching your face.

Visit FluFreeFlorida.com for more information on how you can be a part of #FluFreeFlorida. Visit www.floridahealth.gov/floridaflu for more information on influenza and influenza-like illness in Florida.

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Donate a Gift Basket To The CMS Foundation 2017 Holiday Auction!

Dear Colleagues,

Every December, the Capital Medical Society Foundation hosts their Holiday Auction fundraiser.  The most successful and interesting items each year are the gift baskets donated by physician practices.

In order to repeat the same kind of fun we had last year, the Auction Steering Committee respectfully requests that your office consider donating a basket this year.  This year’s Holiday Auction is December 7 at the FSU University Center Club.

Here is the fun part:  think of a theme for your basket… it doesn’t have to have anything to do with your medical practice.  (It can of course, but doesn’t need to.)  Stuff the basket with things that represent your theme.

We will display your basket at the Auction and proudly identify it with the name of your practice on a display card.  People will walk by the display and see that you gave the Auction some added flair this year!

With this note, I have included photos of some of last year’s baskets.  With the addition of “BidPal” to our auction, a photo of each basket is displayed on our Auction Website.

All you have to do is:   

  1. Call Rosalie or email Rosalie (877-9018, rcarlin@capmed.org) at the CMS office to tell her you will do a basket.
  2. Bring the basket to the CMS office by Friday, November 17, so we can log it in, photograph it and enter it in the Auction database.

Why should you consider donating?

Every year, the CMS Foundation makes significant contributions to the health and well-being of our community.  With your help we operate the We Care Network, give scholarships to FSU medical students and fund innovative programs that increase access to healthcare in our community.

Thank you in advance for your participation!

Sincerely,
Pam Irwin
Executive Director

 

 

 

 

 

John Katopodis, M.D., 141st President of the Florida Medical Association.

Capital Medical Society physician-member John N. Katopodis, M.D.
is now President of the FMA. Congratulations Dr. Katopodis!

CMS Fall 2017 CME Programs

Upcoming CME Programs

September 19, 2017
Membership & CME Meeting
6:00pm Maguire Center for Lifelong Learning at Westminster Oaks
Emerging Pathogens – What All Docs Need to Know
1-Hour CME
Daniel J. Van Durme, M.D., MPH, FAAFP

October 17, 2017
Membership & CME Meeting
6:00pm Maguire Center for Lifelong Learning at Westminster Oaks
Prevention of Medical Errors
2-Hour CME
Scott Sellinger, M.D. & Jesse Suber, Esq.

November 7, 2017
Membership & CME Meeting
6:00pm Maguire Center for Lifelong Learning at Westminster Oaks
Health Effects of Electronic Devices
1-Hour CME
Alice Pomidor, M.D. FSU College of Medicine