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The Flu Vaccine: Who Will You Do It For?

This time of year, it’s important to receive a flu vaccine. By becoming vaccinated, you protect yourself from getting sick and passing influenza to patients, co-workers, family members and others.

LMC is launching a flu vaccine campaign. Personalize a sign with the name of the person or persons for whom you get the flu vaccine. Then, ask someone to take a photo of you and your sign with a cell phone and post these pictures to Facebook or Instagram, or text the photo to your loved ones. Use hashtags #NotJustForYou! and #FluVaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older should be vaccinated annually as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. Vaccination is especially important for health care workers and those who live with or care for people at high risk of flu complications, such as children younger than 2 years, adults older than 65 years and pregnant women.

Sometimes, people can be skeptical of the flu vaccine. In this news video from WIS-TV, LMC doctor Jeremy Crisp of Lexington Family Practice Northeast talks about that.

Meanwhile, take everyday preventive steps to reduce the spread of germs:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Get plenty of sleep and exercise, manage your stress, drink fluids and eat healthy foods.
• Cough into your sleeve instead of your hands if you do not have a tissue.
• If you have flu-like symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without taking fever-reducing medicine.
• While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.

Are You At Risk: Lung Cancer Screenings

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present its monthly physician lecture on Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus. This month’s topic is “Are You At Risk: Understanding Lung Cancer Screenings.” Myron Barwick, MD, FACS, of Lexington Surgical Associates will give the presentation. It’s free and open to the public.

Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. because only 15 percent of patients with lung cancer are diagnosed with early stage disease.

Lexington Medical Center offers a new lung cancer screening program to help early detection. Qualified screening patients should be between the ages of 55-74 and have a 30 pack-year smoking history. If the patient is a former smoker, he or she must have quit within the past 15 years. Or, patients should be age 50 or older and have a 20 pack-year smoking history with one additional risk factor. A pack-year is calculated by multiplying the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day by the number of years the person has smoked. For example, 1 pack year is equal to smoking 1 pack per day for 1 year or 2 packs per day for a half year.

Dr. Barwick talked about lung cancer and the screening program on WLTX today. The segment is below.

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present a monthly lecture series featuring physicians speaking out medical topics that are important to our community. For the calendar of future events, visit LexMed.com.

Columbia Medical Group Welcomes New Doctors

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Eddie M. Williams III, MD and Huong Thi Phan, MD to The Columbia Medical Group, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice located on Trenholm Road in Columbia.

An Irmo native, Dr. Williams graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C. He went on to complete his internal medicine internship and residency, critical care residency, and pulmonary medicine fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Additional education includes earning a diploma in tropical disease and hygiene from the University of Liverpool, U.K. and studying French at Institut de Formation de Cadres pour le Développement (IFCAD) in Brussels, Belgium.

Dr. Eddie Williams

Dr. Eddie Williams

“I enjoy the relationships and the science in practice, long term friendships with patients and solving problems – therefore the art and science of medicine,” Dr. Williams said.

Dr. Williams has more than 30 years of experience as a physician. He most recently practiced at Palmetto Pulmonary and Infectious Disease in Columbia. Dr. Williams is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary disease.

Huong Thi Phan, MD is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Phan completed her residency in internal medicine in Columbia. She is board certified in internal medicine. Before coming to The Columbia Medical Group, Dr. Phan worked at West Columbia Internal Medicine, which was also part of the Lexington Medical Center network of care.

Dr. Huong Thi Phan

Dr. Huong Thi Phan

“As a practicing primary care physician, I have a unique opportunity to meet and care for a variety of patients with different needs,” Dr. Phan said. “To me, being a primary care physician is both rewarding and satisfying by taking part in the healing process.”

Specializing in general adult internal medicine, the board-certified physicians and nurse practitioner at The Columbia Medical Group provide comprehensive medical care for adults, including the diagnosis and treatment of health issues, care for chronic diseases, and advice on preventive care, diet and exercise.

Dr. Williams and Dr. Phan are accepting new patients. Learn more at ColaMed.com

The Columbia Medical Group
4540 Trenholm Road
Columbia, SC 29206
803-790-4700