TWO IMPORTANT UPDATES In an effort to keep abreast of what is happening there are two items we want to bring to your attention. 1 -INFLUENZA VACCINE Our influenza vaccine is in!! Call now to arrange an appointment to get it done. As you probably know, ALL persons over the age of 6 months of age should get this vaccination. We are having a FLU SHOT CLINIC on October 10, 2014. Call our office at 540-636-7000 to arrange for one today (or just send a message to our FRONT [office] staff using Webview - since you are here already!) Why get it done at our office?: - Qualified NURSING STAFF who have experience giving the vaccine to all ages. - We can bill your insurance company (including Medicare). - Our prices are very reasonable. - We keep the records here of your immunizations should you ever need them. - We can give other immunizations you may need at the same time. - We give the quadrivalent flu vaccine for those under the age of 65 which offers broader coverage. - If you are 65 or older, we give the high dose vaccine which has been shown to be more effective than the regular strength vaccine (for those 65 years and older). Here is more information from the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2014-2015.htm If by chance you should get an influenza vaccination somewhere else, please let us know so we can at least record this in your records. 2 - HYDROCODONE PRODUCTS If you have ever used a hydrocodone product, please take note. The Drug Enforcement Administration has raised the classification of any product with hydrocodone to a CLASS II drug. These products were formerly CLASS III. In the same CLASS II designation are medications such as morphine, oxycodone, dilaudid, etc. Some examples of the medication brand names that contain hydrocodone are: - Vicodin - Norco - Vicoprofen - Tussionex cough syrup Please understand that a CLASS II drug can only be written. This means the patient will have to HAND CARRY the written prescription to the pharmacy. These prescription can not be called in or faxed in. For many patients, this will represent a change in how they request and get their prescriptions. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our patients. This change is effective October 6, 2014. Coincident with this change, you may be seeing some change with how we handle CLASS II medications. We do charge a nominal fee for printing, recording, and handling these prescriptions outside of an office visit with the clinician. Of course, we will be following the processes in the Controlled Substance Use Contract you may have signed. These changes follow the standards of good medical care. Rest assured, we will continue to provide you the best care. In closing, we all hope you have a wonderful FALL SEASON. Stay Healthy!