July 15, 2023

HPV Vaccine Information

Children ages 11 – 12 years should get two doses of the HPV Vaccine, given 6 to 12 months apart. HPV vaccines can be given starting at age 9 years.Children who start the HPV vaccine series on or after their 15th birthday need three doses, given over 6 months.Teens and young adults should be vaccinated tooEveryone through the age of 26 years should get the HPV vaccine if they were not fully vaccinated already. HPV is not recommended for everyone older than age 26 years.HPV Vaccination is preventing cancer-causing infections and precancersIt is not too late to get your child vaccinated. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the HPV Vaccine, please give our office a call.
March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Policies

Starting Monday, 3/23/2020, our office will open at 7:00am (week days) for any patients that would like to come in early, especially those over (65) and would like to avoid the crowd!  We are now testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and antibody test for immunity and previous Covid-19 exposure, if you  have a cough, fever, shortness of breath or concerned that you may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19), please speak with our triage staff (252)430-0666 for medical advice before coming into the office.  Our goal is to keep our patients healthy as possible and prevent further spreading of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 
March 20, 2020

Tired of playing phone tag?

If you get frustrated with leaving phone messages and having to wait for a call back you have another option.  Sign up for our “Patient Portal” on our website and you can request refills, appointments, and ask non-urgent questions from any computer. You just need an email to sign up! – Click here to create an account– Once we receive your request we will connect you with your electronic chart in the office and you’re all set!  You’ll receive an email with your information any time an update is made to your chart or we respond to a request.
March 20, 2020

Lyme Disease Basics

How can I Prevent Lyme Disease:– Perform tick checks of your skin after spending time outdoors.– Consider bathing after spending time outdoors, this can help wash off ticks that have not yet attached, as well as make it easier to find them on your skin.– Wear long sleeves and pants, especially when walking in high grass and wooded areas.– Apply tick repellant to your skin. Products containing at least 20-30% DEET work the best. This will also protect you from mosquito bites.– Apply products containing permethrin (0.5%) to your clothes; as above, this will protect you from mos-quito bites as well.– Perform tick checks on your pets that go outdoors, and ask your veterinarian about any other ways of preventing tick bites and Lyme disease in your pets.– Dry clothes in high heat for one hour to kill any remaining ticks.– In some cases, your doctor may offer a prophylactic, single dose of an antibiotic to prevent Lyme disease after a tick bite. This is not necessary for every tick bite, because the overall risk of contracting Lyme disease from a single tick bite is low, and if treatment is started soon after symptoms start than the prognosis is excellent. […]
March 20, 2020

Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition

Vance Family Medicine is proud to announce that we are the first practice in Henderson, NC to be awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 Program! What does this mean for you? Accessibility: extended office hours with walk-in/urgent care every day After hours access: for urgent issues providers can be paged after-hours for advice Personalized care: a personal clinician and team who help you with self-management and know you as a person, not just a disease Whole-person care: from beginning to end, we want to help you with short and long-term care goals including mental health services Coordinated care: care management specialists to help you prepare for visits and keep track of testing and referrals Quality and Safety: evidence-based medical care and continuous quality improvement make your care more safe, timely , efficient, effective, equitable, and patient-centered Communication: advanced electronic communication through our new Patient Portal— request appointments and medication refills and review lab results from your computer or smartphone 24 hours a day
With the NEW school year 2023 – 2024 fast approaching please make sure your child is up to date with all their vaccinations!