H1N1, bird flu and West Nile. These diseases have filled the news the past few years and have impacted our lives. But should an infectious disease touch you personally, the infectious disease specialists at Lutheran Medical Group can help.
These physicians have extensive training in all kinds of infections, including those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Infectious disease specialists are also trained in immunology (how the body fights infection), epidemiology (how infections spread) and infection control. Generally, infections are initially diagnosed by primary care physicians or internal medicine specialists. The services of the infectious disease team are called for when:
- Fever raises suspicion that the patient may have a serious infection
- Fever causes complications with treatment
- The disease cannot be definitively diagnosed after an initial workup
- The patient has a week immune system due to another condition
- The infectious agent is of an uncommon nature (such as a tropical diseases)
- The disease has not responded to first-line antibiotics
- The disease might be dangerous to other patients, and the patient might have to be isolated.
Treatments consist of medicines—typically antibiotics—that help fight the infection and prevent it from recurring. Medication may be given in the form of pills or liquids or administered directly via an IV, which can often times be administered in the physician's office, eliminating the need for hospitalization.Immunization/Travel Clinic
If you're traveling overseas for any reason—a business trip, a church-related mission or an African safari—LMG's infectious disease specialists can provide you with the immunizations, medications and other preventive measures necessary to help protect you from disease while you're traveling. These services are unique to each individual's personal, medical and physical profile. But because not all diseases can be avoided with a vaccination, LMG physicians also provide health-risk information on precautions, such as ways to avoid exposure to contaminated food and water, insects and other dangers.
To ensure your immunizations and medications are effective upon your departure, schedule your appointment four to six weeks before you are scheduled to leave the country.
LMG, which is an authorized U.S. Vaccination Center and a certified Yellow Fever Clinic, provides International Certificates of Vaccination, which are required to enter select countries.