Category: Public health

Zika Virus – FAQ

What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has been reported in Puerto Rico and now in Florida.

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Pregnancy and Vaccinations

Vaccination is one of the many ways to help keep both mother and baby safe from disease. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommend that all women, including those pregnant and breastfeeding, receive both the influenza and Tdap vaccine at every pregnancy, which will protect both mother and newborn. If you have not received these important vaccines, please call our office today.

There seems to be a lot of misinformation on the internet. To better inform you with scientifically sound answers to questions about the safety of vaccines and the importance of vaccinations please visit the following websites, from national non-profit organizations:

www.vaccinateyourbaby.org

www.immunizationforwomen.org

Center for Disease Control (Seasonal Flu Vaccine Safety and Pregnant Women)

This is somewhat long, but here are some frequently asked questions about each vaccine:

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Guide to Breast Health

Detection

As part of your annual exam a breast exam should be performed by a professional. Breast self-exam is now considered optional. If you are comfortable doing it and it does not create anxiety, you should examine once a month AFTER your menses or anytime if menopausal. Studies show limited benefit in self-exam in women who get examined by a professional and who do routine screening, so do what you feel is right for you.

Screening Mammograms (x-ray) should begin at age 40, then every 1-2 years until age 50 then annually. This applies to average risk women and can be modified in high risk women such as genetic carriers, or with and extremely high risk family history.  Most screening mammograms do not need to be ordered by a provider and are generally covered by insurers if done at appropriate ages and intervals.

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Your Safety and Well-being is our Priority

On behalf of all of us at Women’s Health Partners, in these difficult times, we want to thank you for your support and confidence in our practice.

We want you to personally know that our patients’ health and well-being has and always will be our number one priority. This reminder bears repeating in the face of any challenges and especially now, given concerns posed by the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our staff. To that end, we want to share some of the steps we are taking:

Furthermore, our staff will be asking several screening questions regarding your health. We ask that you do not enter our office if you, or someone in your family, or someone you recently were in contact with, has exhibited flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, severe muscle aches, shaking chills, or recent loss of taste or smell, or recently diagnosed with COVID19.

In order to help us participate with our social distancing effort, we are asking patients to enter the office without any visitors, including children.

You will also have the option of waiting in your car instead of the waiting room after you have checked in. The front desk staff will call your cell phone when we are ready for you to come in for your visit.

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