By Samantha McDonald
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Flu season is right around the corner and the number one tip from doctors is to get a flu shot.
It is hard to predict exactly what the flu is going to be like each year, how severe it will be and how long it will stick around, but it generally starts in October or November and lasts several winter months.
A flu vaccine is designed to protect against three or four main flu strains. Those strains in vaccines change every year depending on research and predictions.
James Bradley, M.D., has joined the Lovelace Medical Group as a board certified pulmonologist. Bradley previously worked as the director of the respiratory therapy department
at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces; as the medical director for the respiratory therapy department and sleep disorders center at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso
for seven years. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; a medical degree from the University of Vermont; completed an internship
Lovelace will open a new primary care clinic called Lovelace Health Care Center in September that is located at 8401 Constitution. The center will seek Patient Centered Medical Home certification, which organizes care around the patient, allowing clinical teams to better coordinate and track care. “This clinic will provide access for our Lovelace Health Plan members and other payor partners, and we are excited to add additional services to better serve our community,” said Dr. Cruickshank, CEO of Lovelace Medical Group and Chief Medical Officer at Lovelace Health System.
Lovelace opened a new primary care clinic this week called Lovelace Health Care Center at 8401 Constitution NE in Albuquerque.
The center offers primary care services, family medicine and disease management.
“This clinic offers a team approach to delivering health care,” said Dr. John Cruickshank, chief medical officer at Lovelace Health System.
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Rainy weather in recent days has left pools of standing water all over the state, and that has state health authorities worried about a sometimes fatal disease – West Nile virus.
Take some stagnant water, add mosquitoes, mix in some West Nile and you have a recipe for a very serious illness that has already killed two people in New Mexico this year and made five others sick. Mosquitoes breed and hatch in stagnant water, and sometimes they carry West Nile.
More than 20 percent of New Mexicans don’t have health insurance.
Marlene Baca, who is with Lovelace Health Plan, led a public forum explaining health care reform Wednesday.
The forum was hosted by Lovelace Health System.
Baca said President Barack Obama’s plan not only helps those without insurance, but many others such as those who are self-employed, who aren’t offered or can’t afford employer health care and small business owners looking for an affordable way to insure their workers.
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
There’s no need to wonder when flu season will arrive in New Mexico this year – it’s already here.
A sixty-year-old man from Bernalillo County is the state’s first victim of the 2013-2014 flu season. Last year the first flu case was confirmed in November.
Doctors are urging everybody to get flu shots, but there is some disagreement over how early to get them.
Lovelace Sponsors Free Town Hall
Lovelace Health System will sponsor a free town hall meeting to educate the public about health care reform from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Embassy Suites, 1000 Woodward Place NE. Lovelace also has launched a new website to provide information about health care reform and health care exchanges at www.healthcareinformednm.com.
Benefit to Help United Way
In a couple of weeks, businesses with 100 employees or fewer can begin buying health insurance through a new electronic marketplace called the health insurance exchange.
Some businesses that employ no more than 25 people can receive some significant tax relief when they sign up for coverage.