Arrival of the COVID VACCINE

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Getting vaccinated is one of many steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.  Protection from COVID-19 is critically important because for some people it can cause severe illness or death. Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if … Read More

It’s a New Year, Ready for a New You?

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It’s a new year, full of opportunity, promise, and hope. While no one knows what 2021 will bring, there is one truth we can’t escape: we’re all older than we were last year. No matter your age, you should feel your best! Let’s make the most with small changes that can make a big difference in your overall health, so … Read More

Preparing for the Holidays

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The holidays can be some of the most challenging time for many of us.  You may be grieving the loss of a loved one and may even be wondering how you will make it through the holidays this year.  Maybe it isn’t the loss of a person that you are grieving, but the loss of just not being able to … Read More

Take Charge of your Diabetes

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A diabetes diagnosis can be a scary thing, but there is a lot you can do to keep your diabetes in check and live a happy, healthy, and full life. Making healthy choices and taking steps to manage your diabetes can ensure you don’t just live but thrive with diabetes. But it’s important to take steps now, such as finding … Read More

Are You Connected?

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  By Terri Griffith, LPC, Behavioral Health Consultant at Fordland Clinic  Have you ever been in a room full of people and felt lonely? Many of us think that just because we are with people, we have met that need for connection. This is not true. There is a difference between really connecting and being in the company of other … Read More

Covid-19 Testing

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Antibodies (blood test): Do not get tested for antibodies (the SARS-CoV-2 IgG test) until 4 full weeks AFTER you have had Covid or suspect that you have had Covid. It may take a full 4 weeks for this test to be accurate. This test is not used to diagnose a current infection with Covid. A negative test is 100% accurate … Read More

Fordland Clinic Welcomes Dr. Drew Shoemaker

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Fordland Clinic is excited to announce that Dr. Drew Shoemaker will be joining the Fordland Clinic team. Dr. Shoemaker completed a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1995. He did his Internship and residency at Lester E. Cox Medical Center, Springfield, MO. Dr. Shoemaker uses a patient-centered approach to healthcare – treating each patient as … Read More

How is your stress level?

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        By Terri Griffith, LPC, Behavioral Health Consultant at Fordland Clinic  Have you noticed higher than normal stress levels these days?  Maybe you have felt more irritable.  Irritability may be easy to recognize in others, but what about in ourselves?  Does it seem as if the smallest things annoy you?  Maybe you are becoming angry or feeling … Read More

What Is The Difference Between Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19?

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Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone, … Read More

Encouraging Patients To Get This Season’s Influenza Vaccine Early

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This has been a year of “firsts” for all of us. It’s the first time that students have returned to school on an iPad, grocery stores sported barren cleaning supply shelves, and now we are about to enter into a flu season during the middle of one of the worst public health crises in human history. While we don’t yet … Read More