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Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease

It’s Lyme Disease prevention time again.

  •  Lyme disease is caused by infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, a type of bacteria called a spirochete. The infection is transmitted by the bite of a black-legged tick, known as the deer tick.
  • Using a repellent (always follow manufacturer’s directions) during outdoor activities, and checking your skin for ticks after being outdoors are the best ways to prevent tick bites.
  • In most cases, an infected tick must be attached for at least 36 hours in order to transmit Lyme disease.

 

Do I need to be seen?                                                                       

  • If the whole tick has been removed and was on for less than 36 hours, the answer is usually no.
  • If  you were unable to remove the whole tick or if it was on 36 hours or longer, then, yes you should call for an appointment.

 

Additional trusted resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/LymeDisease/

http://www.healthvermont.gov/prevent/lyme/basics_qa.aspx

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Evergreen Family Health Welcomes a new Physician

Evergreen Family Health Welcomes a new Physician

Rebecca Joyce, MD will be joining Evergreen Family Health  starting in September, and is accepting NEW patients’ appointments now. Dr. Joyce is a native Vermonter who is delighted to be returning to the green mountain state!

To learn more about Dr. Joyce click here .

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Did You Know?

Did you know that Evergreen Family Health is open on Saturday?  So, if you’re sick on a weekend, you can call us and be seen in our office.  We are open on Saturday specifically so that you you don’t have to go to the Emergency Room or elsewhere for care.  Our Saturday hours are 9 am to 2 pm (or later, if needed).

Did you also know that if you are sick any day Monday through Saturday, we will see you that same day?  We designate at least one practitioner to stay after hours and see all patients who are sick and need to be seen that day.  You may not get an appointment with your regular primary care provider, but you will be seen on the day that you are sick.

Lastly, we always have a physician on call so if you need help after hours, you can always call the office and you’ll be able to reach the doctor on call.

Of course if you are having a medical emergency, you should always call 911.

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