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The Measles Outbreak

Measles is spreading around the United States. Dr. Jeremy Crisp, family practice physician with Lexington Family Practice Northeast, was a guest on WIS-TV this week to talk about the respiratory virus, the vaccine and treatment. The facts and calm fears. He answered a lot of questions during a live web chat and in this interview with news anchor Judi Gatson.

A few notes from Dr. Crisp:

~The measles is a very contagious respiratory infection. It is spread through respiratory drops (from a cough or a sneeze). One statistician calculated that a person with the measles could infect up to 15 people if they were not immune.

~The measles vaccine is safe. None of us likes to see our children get shots, but it’s the best way to prevent the measles and the vaccine is very effective. There’s a possibility of redness at the injection site or a low fever, but that’s it.

~The measles starts with symptoms similar to a cold. But the distinctive rash and a high fever will help doctors determine the diagnosis.

~The measles is still a problem worldwide. Many countries have outbreaks right now. Experts think the outbreak in California started from someone traveling from overseas.

~The first measles shot provides 95% of people with immunity. One booster is recommended. If you have questions about your immunity, talk to your doctor. A blood test can tell if you’re immune to measles.

Sneak Peek of Our New Heart TV Commercial

We’re filming a new heart TV commercial this week. It’s the third installment of the “I Am A Heart Attack” series, which personifies a heart attack and educates our community about symptoms and risk factors by illustrating the stories of people having heart attacks.

The commercial is filmed in Midlands locations including a grocery store, church basketball court, parking garage and our hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab. Below are some photos from the filming in the cath lab – featuring real LMC clinicians.

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You can look for the commercial on your favorite local TV station later this month.

Neal Burkhalter, MD, Joins LMC at Lexington ENT & Allergy

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to welcome Neal W. Burkhalter, MD, to the hospital’s network of care. Dr. Burkhalter will practice at Lexington ENT & Allergy, a hospital physician practice.

A graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga., Dr. Burkhalter was appointed chief resident at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson after four years of residency, with several awards for teaching and research excellence. He attained a Master of Education in clinical exercise physiology and a Bachelor of Science in cellular biology, both from the University of Georgia in Athens, before entering medical school.

BurkhalterNealDr. Burkhalter’s interests include research and solutions specific to head and neck cancer surgery, allergic skin reactions and allergy emergencies. He is board certified in otolaryngology.

Dr. Burkhalter joins board-certified otolaryngologists Andrew P. Battiata, MD, Edward A. Woody, MD, and Melanie W. Seybt, MD, at Lexington ENT & Allergy, which specializes in treating both surgical and nonsurgical disorders of the head and neck for patients of all ages.

Dr. Burkhalter is now accepting patients.
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