Pisgah Family Health



October 2008






About the Newsletter


Olivia Ann Austin

Olivia Ann Austin

Julie, our office manager, gave birth on September 30th, 2008 to her first child. Olivia Ann Austin was born without any complications, weighing 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and measuring 20 inches. Julie will be out of the office into November to enjoy some time with her daughter and husband.

Kitty will be working with us until Julie returns, handling referrals, lab letters, and other office work. We've managed to fix a printer and a computer without her, but are hoping for no more disasters until Julie returns.

Flu Shots

Now is the time to get your Flu Shot. Our Flu Shot clinic was held on October 10th - We vaccinated over 125 of our patients. You may now come in for a flu shot at any time during working hours - You do NOT need an appointment. You can also get a Flu Shot at your regularly scheduled visit from October through December.

Unlike previous years, there is no shortage of Flu Vaccine this year. This year's vaccine contains entirely new flu strains, to improve the 50% effective rate last year. The flu vaccine should be administered between October and December.

The Influenza Vaccine is recommended for all people above the age of 6 months. People with the following risk factors are at particular risk of complications of influenza.


  • children ages 6-23 months
  • people over 65
  • people ages 2-64 years with chronic medical conditions
  • women who will be pregnant during flu season
  • residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities
  • health-care workers involved in patient care
  • caregivers of children younger than six

If you have symptoms of the flu (fever, muscle aches, fatigue) it is too late for the flu vaccine.  Make an appointment to be evaluated.  Antibiotics do not cure the flu, but an antiviral such as Tamiflu® can shorten the course of illness.

Office Hours

Our normal office hours are 9-5 Monday through Thursday, and 9-12 on Friday. Our answering service can be reached after hours at 251-4873. When the office is closed, emergency care is available at the Urgent Care Centers, and at Mission/Saint Joseph hospitals ER.  Telephone calls are handled by Dr. Curran’s call partners.

  • We will be closed Friday, October 31st for Halloween.
  • We will be closed November 26-28 for Thanksgiving holiday.
  • We will be closed December 24-26 for Christmas.

Medical News

Fire Safety

Fire Extinguisher

Follow these 10 guidelines and holiday specific tips for fire safety in the home to reduce the chance of a residential fire. If a fire does occur, be prepared to protect yourself and your family.

  1. Prepare a home escape plan.
    Fire safety in the home starts with knowing how to get out of your home in an emergency. Review your home escape plan with your family on a regular basis.
  2. Install smoke alarms.
    Put a smoke alarm on every level of your home and in the halls near bedrooms. Test them monthly. Also consider Carbon Monoxide detectors for your home.
  3. Never leave cooking unattended.
    Unattended cooking is a leading cause of house fires. Learn how to control small fires in the kitchen or other parts of the home. Keep a fire extinguisher within 10 feet of the stove on the side nearest the exit. Use the same precautions with outdoor grilling.
  4. Take care with open flames.
    Don't leave candles burning unattended or after going to bed. Keep them away from children and make sure they have sturdy candleholders. During power outages use flashlights and lanterns, not candles. Open your fireplace flue before lighting a fire. Have your chimney inspected each year and cleaned regularly.
  5. Don't burn trash or leaves.
    Fire safety in the home extends to your yard and surrounding property. Intentional outdoor fires can easily get out of control. The City of Asheville has a permanent ban on leaf burning. Outside the city there may be bans at certain times of the year.
  6. Safely dispose of smoking materials.
    Don't smoke in bed. Don't smoke when you are falling asleep. Use an ashtray and extinguish butts completely.
  7. Teach children not to play with matches and lighters.
    Keep matches, lighters, and fire-starting materials out of the reach of children.
  8. Use electrical appliances safely.
    Don't overload outlets. Inspect cords for exposed wires. Replace old appliances to improve safety and energy-efficiency.
  9. Exercise caution with all heating devices.
    Keep space heaters at least three feet away from flammable materials. Monitor their use. Have your central heating system inspected regularly.
  10. Store flammable materials safely.
    You may be surprised to know how many common household chemicals are hazardous, flammable materials. Use only approved containers. Keep materials away from children and away from ignitions sources such as pilot lights and open flames.

Holiday Fire Safety in the Home

There are specific things you can do at around Halloween, Christmas, and other holidays to keep you and your family safe from fire.

At Halloween wear flame retardant costumes and keep outdoor candle-lit jack-o-lanterns away from areas where costumed trick-or-treaters may brush against them. Keep indoor ones away from curtains, decorations, and other flammable furnishings.

Will you have guests in your home over the coming holiday season? Make sure they know about your family fire escape plan and designated meeting place outside the home. Take extra care when preparing those holiday meals. With so many distractions and extra people in the home it is easy to become distracted.

Lighted candles don't belong on your Christmas tree. Turn off Christmas tree lights when you leave the house or when going to bed.

Fireworks are illegal within the city limits. Report illegal fireworks use at any time of year. It could save your life or that of a friend.


To find local Aging Events in the Asheville area:

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