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10 Resons to Get Your Flu shot!!

by Phillips Clinic on 09/27/22

10 reasons to get a flu shot

1. A flu shot can save your life.

The flu can cause some serious complications that sometimes require hospitalization, such as dehydration, worsening of chronic illnesses, bacterial pneumoniaear infections and sinus infections.

“Every year, about 200,000 people are hospitalized because of the flu,” says Dr. DeVeau.

In fact, influenza can lead to death in serious cases. During the 2017-2018 flu season, the CDC estimates 80,000 people died.

2. Getting a flu shot can reduce your sick days.

Whether you are hospitalized or take time off to recuperate at home, it’s going to cost you and your employer. The flu accounts for 111 million lost workdays and nearly $7 billion in lost productivity and sick days annually, says

3. Most people are eligible to get the flu shot.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made it easy to know who should get a flu shot.

“Pretty much anyone over six months of age should get a flu shot,” says Dr. DeVeau.

4. There is a needle-free flu vaccine.

Afraid of needles? No problem – a needleless flu vaccine is available.

“A nasal spray can be given to people between the ages of 2 and 49 who are healthy, not pregnant and don’t have asthma,” he says.

Another version, the intradermal shot, has a very small needle that can be used on people 18 to 64.

“Really, you can’t feel the needle at all,” he says.

5. There is a flu shot for older adults.

There’s the regular flu shot that’s given to people over the age of six months, as well as a version suitable for people 65 and over, which gives them even better protection against the flu.

6. You won't get the flu from the flu shot.

A common misconception is that you can contract the flu from a flu vaccine, but Dr. DeVeau says that is not possible because the shot uses a deadened form of the virus.

7. The flu shot changes each year. 

Before each flu season, the CDC determines which strains of influenza appear to most likely to occur that year. The vaccine will still reduce your chances of contracting certain strains of the virus and if you do get sick, having the vaccine can significantly reduce the severity of your symptoms.

“They kill that strain and they introduce it through the flu shot into our body,” he explains. “When your immune system comes into contact with that killed virus, it activates the immune system and creates antibodies. When you do come across the real flu, then you’re ready to fight it off and not get sick from the flu.”

8. Flu shot side effects are usually mild.

There are a few possible side effects from the vaccine, such as headache, stuffy nose or sore throat. While many people experience no side effects, if you do, they should only last for a day or so. Considering that the flu itself typically lasts for one to two weeks and the symptoms can be severe, the flu shot is a better alternative.

9. The sooner you get the flu shot, the better.

Flu season usually starts sometime in October and can last until May, so it is important to get vaccinated early.

“We used to want to wait until later in the flu season to give the shot, but because it’s so variable, the CDC now recommends that when you’re able to find a flu shot, you go ahead and get the flu shot at that time,” says Dr. DeVeau.

Ideally, the flu shot would take effect right away, but it takes about two weeks for your body’s immune system to create the necessary antibodies to fight off the flu so you’re protected against getting sick.

10. The flu shot helps with herd immunity.

“There’s a concept called herd immunity that refers to populations getting immunizations,” he explains. “If we all get immunizations, of course we can’t spread the virus elsewhere, so we’re all protected from it.”

The flu virus spreads easily – you can contract it when an infected person coughs, talks or sneezes and droplets get in your nose or mouth. You can also get the flu by touching something that has the virus germs on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

“It’s easy to give to other people, and we see people all over the place, so you really are at risk,” says Dr. DeVeau. “The bottom line is definitely get your flu shot. It’s so important not only for yourself, but for the community to get your flu shot and keep us all protected.”

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

by Phillips Clinic on 09/04/22

Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body. 

Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries. Ovaries are reproductive glands found only in females (women). The ovaries produce eggs (ova) for reproduction. The eggs travel through the fallopian tubes into the uterus where the fertilized egg implants and develops into a fetus. The ovaries are also the main source of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone.
 One ovary is on each side of the uterus in the pelvis.

The American Cancer 
Society estimates for 
ovarian cancer in the United States for 2016 are:
About 22,280 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
About 14,240 women will die from ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the 
female reproductive system. A woman's risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 75. Her lifetime chance of dying from ovarian cancer is about 1 in 100. 

Ovarian cancer mainly develops in older women. About half of the women who are diagnosed are 63 years or older. It is more common in white women than African-American women.

The rate at which women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer has been slowly falling over the past 20 years.

Researchers have discovered several specific factors that change a woman's likelihood of developing epithelial ovarian cancer..
The risk of developing ovarian cancer gets higher with age. Ovarian cancer is rare in women younger than 40. Most ovarian cancers develop after menopause. Half of all ovarian cancers are found in women 63 years of age or older.
Various studies have looked at the relationship of obesity and ovarian cancer. Overall, it seems that obese women (those with a body mass index of at least 30) have a higher risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Reproductive history
Women who have been pregnant and carried it to term before age 26 have a lower risk of ovarian cancer than women who have not. The risk goes down with each full-term pregnancy. Women who have their first full-term pregnancy after age 35 or who never carried a pregnancy to term have a higher risk of ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding may lower the risk even further.
Birth Control
Women who have used oral contraceptives (also known as birth control pills or the pill) have a lower risk of ovarian cancer. The lower risk is seen after only 3 to 6 months of using the pill, and the risk is lower the longer the pills are used. This lower risk continues for many years after the pill is stopped.

A recent study found that the women who used depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA or Depo-Provera CI®), an injectable hormonal contraceptive had a lower risk of ovarian cancer. The risk was even lower if the women had used it for 3 or more years.
Gynecologic Surgery
Tubal ligation (having your tubes tied) may reduce the chance of developing ovarian cancer by up to two-thirds. A hysterectomy (removing the uterus without removing the ovaries) also seems to reduce the risk of getting ovarian cancer by about one-third.

Fertility drugs

In some studies, researchers have found that using the fertility drug clomiphene citrate (Clomid®) for longer than one year may increase the risk for developing ovarian tumors. The risk seemed to be highest in women who did not get pregnant while on this drug. Fertility drugs seem to increase the risk of the type of ovarian tumors known as "low malignant potential" (described in the section, "What is ovarian cancer?"). If you are taking fertility drugs, you should discuss the potential risks with your doctor. However, women who are infertile may be at higher risk (compared to fertile women) even if they don’t use fertility drugs. This might be in part because they haven't carried a pregnancy to term or used birth control pills (which are protective).
Gynecologic surgery
Tubal ligation (having your tubes tied) may reduce the chance of developing ovarian cancer by up to two-thirds. A hysterectomy (removing the uterus without removing the ovaries) also seems to reduce the risk of getting ovarian cancer by about one-third.
Fertility drugs
In some studies, researchers have found that using the fertility drug clomiphene citrate (Clomid®) for longer than one year may increase the risk for developing ovarian tumors. The risk seemed to be highest in women who did not get pregnant while on this drug. 
Family history of :
Ovarian cancer, breast cancer, or colorectal cancer

What are Symptoms of 
Ovarian Cancer?
Ovarian cancer is difficult to detect, especially, in the early stages. This is partly due to the fact that the ovaries are deep within the abdominal cavity. 

Some of the signs and symptoms of ovarian 
Pelvic or abdominal pain
Trouble eating or feeling full quickly
Feeling the need to urinate urgently or often

Other symptoms of ovarian cancer can include:
Upset stomach or heartburn
Back pain
Pain during sex
Constipation or menstrual changes
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Recommended Immunization Schedule for 18 years and under

by Phillips Clinic on 08/01/22

Make Sure Your Child’s Immunization Are Up To Date BEFORE School Starts.

Recommended Immunization Schedule for 18 years and under:



A sports physical is a check-up to evaluate your child’s health and fitness for participation in the chosen sport. It is not the same as a regular physical. During the sports physical, the doctor is looking for anything that could make it unsafe to play. Call for your child’s appointment!

Call Phillips Clinic Family Practice for your appointment.





Stay Well! Stay Hydrated with Myers Cocktails!

by Phillips Clinic on 07/06/22


Myers’ Cocktail was originally developed by Dr. John Myers, a Maryland physician. He used IVs of multiple nutrients to treat a wide range of conditions.

 Dr Myers believed that is that many common health conditions are caused by problems with the digestive system. These problems can prevent patients from absorbing the nutrients in food.

 Plus, some health conditions may cause nutrients to be used up at a much faster rate—such as healing from, accidents, injuries, surgeries or chronic medical conditions

 Both digestive problems and healing and chronic health condition issues can be addressed by delivering nutrients by IV. This is believed to be much more effective than either oral or injection, as the nutrients are delivered directly, bypassing the digestive system and resulting in a much higher concentration in the system. 

Which vitamins and minerals are in the Myers'

Cocktail? Dr. Myers, the inventor of the cocktail, originally had one formula. But doctors now may customize the IV “Cocktail” depending on a patient's individual needs.  

A standard formula can be made up of:

· Magnesium

· Calcium

· Vitamin B-12

· Vitamin B-6

· Panthenol (B5)

· B-Complex

· Vitamin C

Calcium can often be removed if there are cardiac or disease contraindications.

The Myers' Cocktail is delivered by “IV push”, usually  takes from 10 to 15 minutes and is very safe. Patients may notice a feeling of heat or a flush in the chest and/or face, and sometimes in the legs.

 Other times, there may be a passing metallic taste as the nutrients in the IV circulate through the circulation system in the mouth.

Myers’ Cocktails are often used  to treat several conditions, including but not limited to:

· Congestive Heart Failure

· Chronic Upper Respiratory tract infections

· Asthma (Can Abort an Acute Asthma Attack)

· Allergies (including seasonal allergic rhinitis)

· Chronic Urticaria

· Chronic Sinusitis

· Migraines (including Cluster Migraines)

· Fibromyalgia

· Musculoskeletal pain syndromes

· Depression

· Fatigue (including chronic fatigue syndrome)

· Acute muscle spasm

· Dysmenorrhea

· Hyperthyroidism

And many other conditions

 IV administration of nutrients, because it produces a marked increase nutrient concentration in the blood, floods ailing cells with these beneficial compounds.

If cells are repeatedly “flooded” with nutrients, the improvement may be cumulative. Many patients who receive a series of IV injections become progressively healthier. In these patients, the time between treatments may be gradually increased, and eventually the injections may no longer be necessary.

Thousands of doctors now regularly prescribe the ‘Myers’ Cocktail for treatment of a variety of conditions and to improve the well-being of their healthy patients as well. An energy boost is just one of the many benefits that has been associated with this treatment.  

Myers’ Cocktail could potentially help you  overcome your chronic conditions, help you feel better than you have in years or give you a great energy boost!. Could you go for a ‘Myers’ Cocktail?














Men's Health Awareness

by Phillips Clinic on 05/31/22

Did you know that men, on average, die almost five years earlier than women? Part of the   reason is that men are more reluctant to go to the doctor, according to  In fact, studies show that women go to the  doctor twice as much as men.

Additionally, Men’s Health Network notes that certain conditions are more prevalent in men, which patients and their doctors should keep an eye on through regular appointments,  including an annual physical with recommended   screenings.


Detecting symptoms of certain health conditions early, when they are more easily treatable, is a critical factor in helping men stay healthy. That’s why getting all your doctor-recommended health care screenings in a timely fashion is the kind of to-do list that no man should ignore.

Ten Important health screenings for men


· Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.

· Blood Cholesterol

· Blood Pressure

· Colon Cancer

· Depression

· Diabetes

· Hepatitis C Virus


· Obesity

· Prostate Cancer

Additional guidelines and screenings recommended according to Medicine Plus include:


It seems simple but if you’re sick — see your doctor. According to the Health in Aging Foundation, 40% of men said that when sick, they delay seeking medical care for a few days; and 17%  percent said they would wait “at least a week.” Don’t wait. Prompt medical care can be the difference between life and death.


It’s important to take medications as directed, (and especially for seniors) to keep a complete list of medications and dosages handy. 

Always inform any doctor you visit about your medications – the more they know about your meds, the better they can look out for potentially life-threatening drug interactions

Vaccines and Inoculations

Keep up with  recommended shots, including for flu, shingles,   pneumonia and diphtheria/tetanus,  is vitally important.


If you are age 50 to 70 and have risk factors for osteoporosis, you should discuss screening with your provider. Risk factors can include long-term steroid use, low body weight, smoking, heavy alcohol use, having a fracture after age 50, or a family  history of osteoporosis.

Skin Cancer

An annual skin exam is recommended for all men! 

Make your check up & screening exam at Phillips Clinic today!
























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