Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates
FALL 2011
newsletter

Its Fall!

CHANGES IN THE AIR

We hope that all of you have “survived” what was yet another apocalyptic summer pollen season! Since we are currently in the midst of a serious weed season, please contact your physician if your symptoms are not controlled. Be sure to follow the daily pollen and mold spore counts on our website (www.denverallergy.com). As a general rule, pollen season begins to wind down around late October. However, since our local weather forecasters are suggesting that we are in a La Niña pattern, we could have pollen into November. See http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov for more details.

CHANGES IN THE CLOUD

On Saturday, September 24, 2011, our practice will officially be going electronic! We will be implementing our Electronic Health Record (EHR) on that date. You might notice several changes: Your physician and medical staff will be using portable electronic devices in the exam rooms to enter patient demographic data, vital signs, and medication lists. As this is a HUGE undertaking, we ask for your patience and assistance to help us with this transition. Please bring a list of all current medications (or the bottles if you are not sure) and if possible, arrive a little earlier for your appointment. We will be altering our patient scheduling for the first several weeks to accommodate these changes. Please do not hesitate to ask your physician or any staff member about concerns you might have with this technological change.

 

 
WEBSITE CHANGES

We have made two significant changes to our web site and would appreciate your feedback. First of all, we have added new video content starring…YOU! Many thanks to all of our patients that helped put together informational content about our practice philosophy, our physicians and staff, and our patient’s success stories. We have also added our, “What is Immunotherapy” educational video to the web site. Check it out under the green “Videos” section on our homepage.

Denver Allergy Website

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DON’T FORGET YOUR FLU (or other) SHOT!

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The end of September marks the beginning of the cold and flu season. To mark this event, the physicians and staff at Denver Allergy will be holding two all-day vaccination clinics on September 28 and October 4 at our main office in Lakewood. Vaccines for influenza (flu), pneumococcus, and pertussis (whooping cough) will be available. No appointment is necessary. This clinic is open to all patients including children. You do not have to be a current patient of Denver Allergy to receive vaccinations. Please encourage your family and friends to get vaccinated! Please note that the pertussis vaccine also contains a tetanus and diphtheria booster. The costs of the vaccines are $25.00 (flu), $65.00 (pneumococcus), and $55.00 (Tdap) respectively. If you are a current patient of our practice, we will happily bill your insurance. If you are not a patient or if you do not have insurance, we request payment with cash or credit card. We can bill insurance if you are not a patient, provided you complete a brief patient registration form and copy of your insurance card. See our website for more details.
 

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SPEAKING OF FLU
Grass picture The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control are now recommending that all people, 6 months of age and older, receive an annual influenza vaccine. There are several reasons for this. First of all, annual vaccines are recommended as the most common strains of influenza that lead to the symptoms of the “flu” change every year. Thus, the vaccine you received a year ago may not fully protect you against the strains to which you might be exposed this year. Secondly, recent studies completed at university medical centers in both the U.S. and Canada have concluded that vaccinating young children (i.e., preschoolers) may reduce the spread of the virus to their older siblings and parents. Since over 100 children and teens die from flu each year (with the majority of deaths occurring in healthy children), we encourage everyone to “do their part” to prevent the spread of flu.

To familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of influenza and to get valuable tips on flu season preparedness, visit www.flu.gov for more information.

 

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Knowledge Is Power

Come join us for AWARE for All. Aware for All is an educational program that is free and open to the public for the purpose of providing education to help people make informed decisions about clinical research participation.

Host: Western States Clinical Research Inc.

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011

Time: 9:30 to 11:30

Location:
Community Recreation Center Room #E
6842 Wadsworth Blvd
Arvada, CO 80003

Space is limited PLEASE RSVP to Cheri Casey at 303.940.9773 or via email at cheri@wscrinc.com

 

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