Patient Education and Information

Wattles Park Family Practice believes in patient education. More importantly, we want you to have the correct information about medical topics and current immunization schedules and outbreaks. Check out the information below!

Physicals and Office Visits: What's the Difference?

We have had many questions regarding this issue. It's important to understand not only for you, but also for your insurance company. As you know, physicals can take longer than an office visit. When you call for a physical we want to make sure we give the physician more time for this.

An Office Visit is an appointment that you have with the physician to discuss a new or chronic (existing) problem/condition. This could consist of prescribing a new medication, reviewing your medications, lab work, sending you for x-rays and/or referring you to a specialist.

A Physical is a preventative health examination. These exams should be done once a year. This appointment is to check your overall well-being. Like when you do maintenance on your vehicle. This is maintenance on your health. You will have your fasting lab work done prior to the appointment and the physician will review the results with you at the appointment. The physician will review your medical problems, do a complete physical examination and make recommendations regarding your health. This could include talking about diet and exercise, or any immunizations you may need. Also, any age appropriate cancer screening exams will be discussed. Ongoing chronic conditions can be addressed during this visit along with reviewing the medications taken for the chronic conditions.

The physical above is not to be confused with an Annual Medicare Wellness Physical. This physical is not a physical as described above. It consists of a questionnaire that reviews the preventative services you may need and addresses safety in your home.

Thank you for entrusting your family with ours! If you have additional questions, please call us at (269) 969-6014 to speak with a member of our clinical staff.

Is it a Cold or the Flu?

How do you know if your symptoms are a cold or the flu? It's important to know the difference and what your symptoms really mean.

A cold is a milder respiratory illness and even though the symptoms may last for a few days, the flu can last from a few days to weeks and create further complications like pneumonia. Flu symptoms are often more severe than cold symptoms and come on quickly.

Cold symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, cough, and fatigue.

Flu symptoms include sore throat, fever, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough.

Call our office to schedule your Flu Shot today!

Vaccines and Immunization Schedules

Have a question about Vaccines or Immunizations or when you should get immunized? Are you traveling abroad and want to be sure you're covered?

Check out the CDC Website for the most up-to-date information to keep you healthy and safe.