It was exactly 100 years ago that the world suffered through the worst pandemic since the Black Death swept through the world in the Middle Ages; the influenza epidemic of 1918 killed about 675,000 Americans, it was the most severe pandemic in recent history, sweeping the globe more quickly that any disease had ever spread before, killing more than 50 million people. This was nearly as many as would perish in the Second World War! Fortunately, today we can control much of the damage that the flu can cause to populations. This is partly through mitigating risks, and partly through the flu shot. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications.
While there are many different flu viruses, flu vaccines protect against the 3 or 4 viruses that research suggests will be most common. Three-component vaccines contain an H3N2, an H1N1 and a B virus. Four component vaccines have an additional B virus component.
New Milford Medical Group is well known in the community as a group of dedicated physicians and other professionals, including Internists, Cardiologists, Family Practice Physicians, and Physician Assistants, who are committed to high quality personal care.
We offer multiple advanced testing, especially cardio-vascular testing, in the office setting; patients enjoy having their tests done where they are comfortable. We are able to provide vascular ultrasounds, echo cardiography, nuclear medicine testing, including stress testing, and we are expanding to offer ultrasound testing in other areas of the body, we're the only practice in the area that is able to provide this level of comprehensive testing. We are an evidence-based practice, utilizing a problem-solving approach that incorporates the best evidence from well-designed studies, our patient values and preferences, as well as our providers' expertise in making decisions about their patient's care.
We are proud that our practice has been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) . A PCMH is a team-based model of care led by your personal physician which focuses on maximizing outcomes while working to decrease the overall cost of healthcare.