Monday, September 11, 2017

Flu Shots are here!

Flu shots are here!

The Providers at Lakewood family Medicine want you to know that each year, about 200,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized because of the Flu.

We are all about prevention and want you to come in to get your Flu shot at your next office visit, or you can use our convenient walk in Injection clinic:

Mon,Wed, Thur, or Friday - 8am - 4:45pm
Tuesday 9am-5:45pm.

If you have any question, please call LFM at 616-396-6516.  We're here to help!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Now offering Fluoride Varnish!


Lakewood Family Medicine is now offering Fluoride Varnishing for children age 3 months to 3 years (as long as they have teeth).

What is it? Fluoride Varnish is a paste that is applied to the child's teeth. The varnish helps to prevent decay when used along with regular daily brushing.

How is it applied? Fluoride Varnish is applied with a soft brush and has a fruity flavor. The varnish dries very quickly and children can eat soon after leaving the office.

How much does this cost? Check with your insurance company. In most cases this is covered!

We are excited to offer this service at LFM!  See you soon!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Flu Shots are Here!







Believe it or not, it is that time of year again! Flu shots are now available at Lakewood Family Medicine.

This year we have:

- high-dose influenza vaccine (age 65+ only)

- regular influenza vaccine (age 6 months - 64 years)

- 2 dose influenza vaccine (children age 6 months – 8 years who have not previously had a flu shot.)

- intradermal influenza vaccine - this is a GREAT option if you don't like shots! (age 18-64)

 
As always, there are a few contraindications to administering the vaccine. If you have questions or concerns, be sure to talk with your doctor or nurse when you come in for your vaccine.

Unfortunately, the nasal spray flu vaccine was not manufactured this year. However, we still encourage all those who are able to get vaccinated!

 
Stay healthy this fall and winter!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tick Information


Ever wonder what to do if you find a tick on you or your child?

Holland Hospital has a few recommendations on their website.

Click the link below to read more...

Friday, June 3, 2016

Summertime Sun Safety



It seems that summer has finally arrived in West Michigan! Here are some Sun Safety tips to keep you and your family safe this summer.
1. Sunscreen

Using a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15 before going outside is recommended. Did you know that the sun’s rays can still reach you even on cool and cloudy days? Don’t forget that sunscreen wears off after about two hours. Be sure to reapply often! Check your supply at home and make sure that your sunscreen has not expired.

2. Sunglasses

Sunglasses do a great job of protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Check to see if your sunglasses block UVA and UVB rays. Sunglasses are an inexpensive way to keep your eye protected!

3. Shade

Sitting under an umbrella and playing under a tree are just two ways that you can be outside while keeping out of the sun. Don’t forget, you still need sunscreen in the shade.

4. Hat
A wide brim hat is another great way to get protection from the sun. Wide brim hats are typically able to protect your face, ears, and neck.

5. Clothing
Loose, lightweight clothing with longer sleeves and pant legs are another way to keep cool while protecting your skin from the sun. The tighter the weave of the clothing typically the better coverage you will have. It is a good idea to have an extra shirt to put on after a few hours of sun exposure. Don’t forget, while darker colored clothes usually make you warmer, they usually protect you from the sun more effectively than lighter colored clothes.

We hope your family has a safe and enjoyable summer!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Seasonal Allergies


Do you have seasonal allergies? You may have seasonal allergies if you have some of the following symptoms: sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion, nose redness, post-nasal drip, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, redness around eyes, puffy eyes, watery eyes, respiratory wheezing, difficulty breathing, itching or irritation in the throat. It is possible to have any of allergy symptoms during any season of the year.

What can you do to prevent seasonal allergies? Take a shower and change/wash clothes after working outdoors. Keeping doors and windows shut during allergy season can be helpful. Avoiding allergens that trigger your symptoms is also helpful.

What can you do to treat seasonal allergies? There are several over the counter medications that can treat or relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Some of these medications include: Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra. All three of these medications are over the counter and are also available as a generic medication. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you think you would like to try one of these medications for your allergy symptoms. There are also stronger medications available if you find that one of these medications is unable to control your allergy symptoms. If this is the case, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your symptoms.

Friday, March 11, 2016

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.
The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened.

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, Lakewood Family Medicine is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. In 2012, Michigan alone saw 4,547 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 1,721 people died from colorectal cancer.

 People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

·         At LFM, we recommend colon cancer screening for all adults starting at age 50, unless there are additional symptoms or risk factors (such as being a smoker or having a parent or sibling with colon cancer). If you are concerned about your possible risk factors, schedule an appointment with your Primary Care Provider today.

·         If you are 50+ and have not been screened for colon cancer, schedule an Annual Physical Exam with your Primary Care Provider to discuss what you can do to be screened for colorectal cancer.

 

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

·         Get screened starting at age 50.

·         Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.

·         Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy.

For more information, visit http://www.ccalliance.org/get-information/what-is-colon-cancer/