Fall Update 2017
The fall temperatures will certainly be a nice reprieve from the hot summer months we've been having. As the busyness of summer slows, what better time to take care of all your healthcare needs than before the busy holiday season that is quickly approaching? Call today to schedule an appointment. (865)777-0088
Sadly, both Juliana Stanley, our practice manager, and Bonita Eschenberg, our receptionist, have moved on to other adventures. Juliana has relocated to Texas and Bonita to South Carolina. Please join us in welcoming our new practice manager La'Jean (L.J.) Robinson and Taylor Taylor (yes, her name is Taylor Taylor 😀) who is our new receptionist. Thankfully, they are both as pleasant, knowledgeable, and professional as Juliana and Bonita, and you will find them a pleasure to work with. They are both ready and eager to serve you! Please contact Taylor to schedule any appointments, and L.J. can assist you with any financial questions.
Dr. Keenan has, once again, been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America. This pole of other doctors is taken biennially and places Dr. Keenan among the top 4% of U.S. physicians. Please join us in congratulating him!
Our nurse practitioner, Autumn Galbraith, once again participated in the Marine Mud Run in September. This was her 3rd year supporting Toys for Tots and the Wounded Warrior Project. She was unable to participate last year due to her pregnancy. She placed very well despite not even training this year. She was 5th among her age group of 46 female participants. Overall, there were 999 participants this year.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is breast cancer awareness month! According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Behind heart disease, breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among women. According to the National Cancer Institute, when breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Create your Early Detection Plan to receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history. You can create your plan here: http://www.earlydetectionplan.org/. Or, give us a call to schedule your breast exam and allow us to explain current recommendations to you!
- September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
- September 27th is National Women's Health and Fitness Day
- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
- October 13th is Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
Flu Vaccine and Miscarriage
An article titled "Association of spontaneous abortion with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine containing H1N1pdm09 in 2010-11 and 2011-12" was published in the September 2017 issue of the journal Vaccine. The study found that women who were vaccinated early in pregnancy with a flu vaccine containing the pandemic H1N1 component and who also had been vaccinated the prior season with an H1N1pdm09-containing flu vaccine had an increased risk of spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) in the 28 days after vaccination.
This study does not quantify the risk of miscarriage and does not prove that the flu vaccine was the cause of the miscarriage. Earlier studies have not found a link between the flu vaccine and miscarriage. There is an ongoing investigation to study this issue further among women who were pregnant and eligible to receive flu vaccine during the 2012-2013 through 2014-2015 flu seasons. Results are anticipated in late 2018 or 2019.
The CDC and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) recommendations are unchanged: influenza vaccine is recommended during any stage of pregnancy to reduce the risk of serious influenza infection during flu season in both mother and child.