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    (Image ©Yogesh Arora) Gas generators produce carbon monoxide when they are turned on. This is the same [potentially poisonous] gas that cars emit from their tailpipes. Running your generator inside your house is the equivalent of parking your car in your garage and leaving it running while you're still inside the car! DO NOT RUN YOUR GENERATORS INSIDE!!! Never, ever... Either wait until the hurricane passes to run it, or find a safe place outside to run it. Carbon monoxide poisoning happens too often, don't let it happen to you.

    We have the influenza vaccine ready for anyone who wants it, regardless of whether they're a patient of ours, or not. No appointment is required; just walk in. Remember that we have evening and weekend hours available. Check out our hours of operation. We will be charging $29 for the flu shot, if you do not have insurance. If you have insurance we will bill them. That is less expensive than the flu vaccine at CVS, Walgreen's, Publix, and Target, despite the fact that we have the same vaccine they do! The flu vaccine is recommended for children, people above the age of 65, anyone with any immune deficiencies, anyone taking an immune suppressant, and anyone who comes into regular contact with any of ...Read More

    (Image ©Dominic Morel) When hurricanes hit, the most common injuries occur when people are putting up shutters, taking down shutters, and clearing debris (this last one is especially risky). Accidents with chainsaws, in particular, are very common. When working and using dangerous equipment make sure to wear thick, protective clothing (thick denim and leather are especially effective). ALWAYS wear gloves, and be especially careful with your fingers. IMPORTANT: Make sure you are up to date on your tetanus shots. You need a tetanus shot (known as a tetanus booster shot) every 10 years, even if you have not had any accidents. If you get injured, and you have not had a tetanus shot in the past 5 years, make sure to go and get one. With ...Read More

    (Image ©Giani Pralea) When a hurricane hits -- and there are widespread power outages -- it is important that you only drink and cook with clean, disinfected water. The easiest ways to do this is to buy lots of bottled water, and bottle your tap water before the hurricane hits. However, if you need clean water and don't have any available here are some ways to disinfect it on your own: Boil Water Boiling water, vigorously, for 1 to 3 minutes will disinfect water. It will now be safe to drink and cook with. Use Household Bleach If you are unable to boil water, then just add 1/8 teaspoon of household bleach to a gallon of water. This will disinfect the water, and it will be ...Read More

    (Image ©Jeff Jones) The arrival of the rather uneventful Tropical Storm Issac marks the first storm of this hurricane season. Of course, we'll be open on Monday, August 27. But what you might not know is that we always open up immediately after hurricanes and other storms hit, even if they are much, much worse! As a doctor's office it is our duty to help people when they need help the most, and that's what we do. Next time a hurricane strikes and you have a non-emergency please come and see us, instead of waiting in line at the emergency room (whether it is at Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital West, or another hospital). We can provide all the non-emergency services that the emergency room can; ...Read More

    (Photographer: Kurhan on stock.xchng) All doctors' offices -- including ours -- charge more for new patient visits than for existing patient visits. This is standard practice among all doctors and doctors' offices, and it is a practice required by commercial insurance companies, Medicare, and all the Medicaid programs throughout the country. When a doctor bills an insurance company for a visit he or she must code it differently if it's a new patient versus return patient. This is something we are required to do. The reason we charge more is simple: new patient visits are more complicated than existing patient visits. The staff and the doctor spend more time with the new patients while they're at the office, and more time working after ...Read More