Infectious diseases

March/April 2014 Issue
Resolving Patients' Vaccination Uncertainty: Going From "No Thanks!" to "Of Course!" [Feature]

In recent years, there has been an increase in patients refusing to get immunized, concerned with potential side effects or unconvinced that the shots are necessary. That has allowed some previously declining diseases to make a resurgence. Physicians, who remain the biggest influence on whether patients get vaccinated, need to find ways to address and overcome these reservations when talking with patients about getting immunized. Strategies include explaining the risks and benefits of vaccination; steering patients toward factual, pro-vaccination websites and literature; and working with community leaders and clergy who may also influence patients' decisions about vaccination.

Jul-Aug 2009 Issue
Preparing Your Office for an Infectious Disease Epidemic [Feature]

The article, based on the author's plenary at the 2007 Assembly, describes procedures that family medicine practices should take to prepare for pandemic influenza, natural epidemics and bioterrorism -- emphasizing detection, prevention and management.

Sep-Oct 2008 Issue
Launching a Community-Wide Flu Vaccination Plan [Feature]

The article describes one family physician's efforts to organize flu vaccination for an entire rural county in Oklahoma and the resulting improvements in vaccine coverage and office efficiency.

Feb 2008 Issue
Defending the Real Standard of Care [The Last Word]

When a strep test led to a lawsuit, this physician took the stand in defense of common sense.

Oct 2007 Issue
Coding Flu Shots: Immunize Against Lost Revenue [Feature]

The author advises readers on CPT codes for vaccines, how to bill administration codes, and whether evaluation and management services may be separately reported on the same date as vaccination.

Mar 2007 Issue
You, Your Public Health Department and the Next Flu Pandemic [Opinion]

Optimal outcomes will depend on close collaboration between family physicians and public health officials. Is your practice ready?

Apr 2006 Issue
Outpatient vs. Inpatient Treatment of Community-Acquired Pneumonia [Feature]

The article is part of the Point of Care Guides series. It offers an evidence-based tool for deciding whether to hospitalize a patient who has pneumonia, but it also acknowledges the crucial role of physician judgment.

Jan 2006 Issue
Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic: Vaccine Prioritization [Feature]

The author offers advice on preparing the family practice for a flu pandemic. The article includes several reference tables and forms that would be useful in the event.

Jan 2006 Issue
Influenza Pandemic: Preparing for the Unpredictable [From The Editor]

How much should you prepare for a crisis that may not happen?

Jul-Aug 2005 Issue
How to Manage a Pertussis Outbreak in Your Practice [Feature]

Based on his office's experience, the author shares the lessons he learned during a pertussis outbreak and offers readers a practical approach to dealing with a similar outbreak.

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