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Ways To Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder During The COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

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Vaccine Developments as of 12/8/2020

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.

Sincerely,
Davidson Family Medicine

Tips To Enjoy A Safe And Healthy Holiday Season

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.

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Flu shots are here!

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.

Welcome Dr. Sam Hughes

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.

Ways To Break The Habit Of Touching Your Face

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.

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Happy 4th of July!!

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.  

Davidson Family Medicine is pleased to offer accurate and convenient RAPID Covid-19 testing for our established patients.  Results within 15 minutes.

This is a simple and painless front-of-the-nose test performed by our staff at our office.  There is no need to wait in line at a CVS Minute Clinic, Urgent Care, or Emergency Room.

Examples of when to get tested:

This test is highly accurate.  It is one of only 2 antigen tests authorized by the FDA for emergency use for detection of Covid-19 antigen particles.

Accuracy of BD Veritor Rapid Covid Test

Information from the FDA About the BD Veritor Covid Test

Simply call our office to schedule.  We may require a brief virtual visit with one of our clinicians to ensure appropriateness of testing.

(We will collect any copays and otherwise will file insurance for you.  This testing is covered by most insurance plans.)

Flu shots are here!

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.