Important News About This Year’s Flu Virus

CBS Evening News is reporting that this year’s flu strain is sending seniors to the hospital in record numbers.  While the flu spread appears to have peaked, the numbers of seniors being hospitalized is the highest in a decade.  NBC Nightly News reported that the alarming numbers are due to the severity of the strain in addition to a low effectiveness rate for this year’s flu vaccine.  The vaccine has been shown to be only about 23% effective.  Bloomberg News is reporting that some areas of the country are facing new surges in the spread of the flu.  This includes regions of the West Coast, New England, and the Northeast.   The CDC has issued a warning to healthcare providers to quickly treat patients with antivirals without waiting for tests to confirm a positive flu diagnosis.  The letter explained that the flu may spread for several more weeks, and anti-viral treatments can help keep high-risk patients from being hospitalized.

We are happy to provide patients with all necessary care and prescriptions to treat this epidemic outbreak.  Call us anytime at 480-948-0102!

Dr. Steven Lipsky

Steven J. Lipsky MD, FACEP has been a Board Certified Emergency Physician in Arizona for the last 41 years, and a resident of the Town of Paradise Valley for the last 40 years. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and did post-graduate training in Family Practice at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix before going into the full-time practice of Emergency Medicine in 1975. Dr. Lipsky has worked in every type of Emergency Department in Arizona – from inner city and rural, small volume and large, public and private hospitals, teaching and nonteaching hospitals. He has taught at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine – Division of Clinical Education, as well as in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Arizona. He has received the highest number of patient satisfaction letters in his group at multiple facilities and has been recognized at Paradise Valley Hospital for his outstanding performance. A past president of the Arizona College of Emergency Physicians (representing over 800 Emergency Physicians in our state) along with many other positions in the organization, Dr. Lipsky was also one of six Councillors representing Arizona to the National Council of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Lipsky built, owned, and was the Medical Director for the first 24hr free-standing Emergicenter and Advanced Life Support Ambulance Service in Jamaica. In conjunction with USAID, Cornell Medical Center’s School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control of Jamaica, and the U.S. Peace Corps, he participated in a successful program to stem infant mortality in rural areas.

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