If you are feeling sad, you are not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a common condition with a specific seasonal pattern. With less sunshine in fall and winter, many succumb and find themselves depressed. Thankfully, there are some effective ways to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Good News – a safe, effective vaccine (probably Pfizer’s) is on the way to NC. Although it needs to be officially approved, we at Davidson Family Medicine are excited about the vaccine and would recommend it to our patients and our own families – based on what we know at this time.
However… only 85,000 doses are in the first shipment to NC. These vaccines will probably go to: 1) Atrium (and possibly Novant) hospital systems to inoculate hospital/health care workers dealing directly with SARS-CoV-2 ; and 2) Long term care residents/workers to be inoculated by CVS/Walgreens contractors who will travel to those facilities.
Davidson Family Medicine has been advocating to obtain the vaccine to help inoculate our patients. We will be able to order the vaccine beginning Thursday, December 10. We do not know how many vaccines will be shipped and do not know when they will arrive.
We anticipate vaccinating our most vulnerable patients with the first round of vaccines that we receive.
Questions we have been asked:
- “Is there a waiting list for the vaccine?” No.
When we receive the vaccine, we will post further information on our website, Facebook, and send out emails (with some phone messages) to existing patients. At that time, we will provide details on what type of patient should first receive the limited number of vaccines that we have on hand. As more vaccines are received, we of course want all of our patients who wish to be vaccinated to get vaccinated as quickly as possible.
- “If I have already had SARS-CoV-2, do I need a vaccine? If I have tested positive for antibodies, do I need the vaccine?” Yes, the vaccine will help boost your antibodies further because naturally acquired antibodies can decrease over time.
We have seen about a 12% positivity with our testing recently. We are continuing our testing of existing patients, especially those with symptoms or who have been exposed. We will try to help you with testing around any holiday travel. If flying, we recommend testing 1-2 days prior to travel and 4-5 days after travel (with quarantining in between if at all possible).
Please continue to be vigilant, wearing your masks when around others, and avoid indoor gatherings including indoor dining.
Like you, we are ready for this pandemic to come to an end! We have been amazed at the resilience and patience of all of you. We thank you for the trust that you have placed in us.
Davidson Family Medicine
We are approaching the holidays and it is a time of camaraderie, celebrations, and love. At the same time it can be detrimental to our health, lead to depression, and leave us feeling guilty if we over indulge. Make a plan now, and consider these tips to enjoy a safe and healthy holiday season.
Do you need a physical every year? The short answer is YES. Now you want to know why it’s important. Keep reading to discover the importance of an annual physical.
In addition to the regular flu vaccine, we also have the extra protective flu vaccine recommended for those 65 and over.
Davidson Family Medicine will file your insurance.
To get your flu vaccine administered by trained medical staff that you know and trust, call in at 704-892-5454.
Stay healthy this flu season and get your flu vaccine.
Choking is the leading cause of injuries among young children and infants. One child in the US dies from choking every five days, and 75% of deaths occur in children under three. Let’s look at common choking hazards in infants and toddlers and what parents can do to prevent it from happening.
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Sam Hughes to our practice! Dr. Hughes is a Davidson College graduate and earned his medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency.
He enjoys the diversity of family medicine, particularly working with all ages and focusing on preventive care. Sam’s favorite activities include hiking, biking, and spending time with his wife and yellow lab.
Visit our website, davidsonfamilymedicine.com or call (704) 892-5454 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hughes.
We all do it. We watch others do it all the time. Our mom used to tell us to stop doing it.
That nasty habit of rubbing our eyes, or touching our nose and mouth is now more than just annoying. Even the CDC is telling us to stop. How many times have you just touched your face reading this far? It could be boredom or a nervous habit, but let’s look at some ways to break the habit of touching your face.
In observance of Independence Day, Davidson Family Medicine will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4th; we will re-open on Monday, July 6th at 8 a.m.
We are in the midst of a pandemic and there is no doubt COVID-19 has everyone on edge and fearful for themselves and their loved ones. Economic worries, health concerns, and not knowing when it will end can all add up to emotional distress. Mental health and COVID-19 can be as problematic as the disease itself. Continue reading “Your Mental Health And COVID-19”