October 2016 - Physicians Care Clinic

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October 2016 - Physicians Care Clinic
The Physicians’ Care Chronicles
“The system will make an
uninsured person think twice
about whether they need to go to the doctor.”
- Dr. Brendan Soloner PhD
Welcome to the October edition of the Physicians’ Care
Chronicles. Today, we want to share with you the
importance of how to prevent pneumonia and what the
CDC is recommending. Pneumonia season is about to start
so be sure you are prepared!
About Pneumonia: Pneumonia is a lung infection that can
cause severe illness in people of all ages. Some causes of
pneumonia are related to viruses, bacteria and fungi.
According to the CDC, the main causes for pneumonia are
influenza, respiratory syncytial virus or RSV and a
bacterium called Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Influenza Symptoms: The most common symptoms are:
 Cough
 Fever
 Trouble Breathing
 Chest pain
 Stiff neck
 Confusion
 Joint Pain
 Chills
 Sleeplessness
 Ear Pain
 Sensitivity to light
 Disorientation
 Some severe cases can cause hearing loss, brain
damage and death.
Who Is Most At Risk?: According to the CDC, adults 65 and
older, children under 5 years old as well as cigarette
smokers and people who have asthma, diabetes or heart
disease are at high risk of pneumonia.
What Types of Vaccines Are Available? There are two
vaccines for pneumonia that are recommended for adults
65 and older. PCV13 (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine)
and PPSV23 (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine)
within a year of each other. Children ages 6-18 should get
the PCV13 vaccine. Getting vaccines for other viruses can
help prevent pneumonia like influenza, measles,
whooping cough, pneumococcus and the chickenpox
vaccine.
How to Prevent Washing hands regularly and disinfecting
frequently touched surfaces. Quit smoking as well as
taking care of your other health problems. Cover your
mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid contact with others such as kissing, hugging, or
sharing eating utensils and cups with people who are sick.
Getting your flu shot can also help prevent pneumonia!
How to Treat Pneumonia:
 The CDC recommends antibiotics as the
treatment for pneumonia. Take the medication
until it’s all gone (no matter if you are feeling
better!).
 Get plenty of rest.
 Drink a lot of fluids
 Take a fever reducer medicine, such as Tylenol®.
 You should stay home from work, school, travel,
shopping, social events and public gathering.
For more information on the pneumonia, visit the CDC
website @ www.cdc.org/flu
Thanks for reading!
Danielle Buchanan, Editor.
Healthy Eating For The Holidays presented by the
Physicians’ Care Clinic, Inc. and funded by a grant from
the United Way
Presenters: Physicians Care Clinic
Date & Time: Wed. October 26th @ 6:15pm-7:30pm
Place: T. O. Vinson Health Center Auditorium –
440 Winn Way, Decatur, GA
RSVP: 404-501-7960
All attendees receive $10.00 off their next clinic
appointment.
For more information on how to become a patient, donate to,
or volunteer with the PCC visit…
Our Website: PhysiciansCareClinic.org
Administrative Office:
2675 N. Decatur Road,
Ste 406
Decatur, GA 30033
Call: 404-501-7940
Clinic Address:
Vinson Health Center
440 Winn Way
Decatur, GA 30030

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