Midtown Family Medicine update 11-24-21
The situation has shifted and I now strongly recommend persuing a booster dose.
We are again seeing an increase in deaths, hospitalizations and severe infections.
If you have not been vaccinated - Please get vaccinated now with Moderna or Pfizer.
The infection rate will increase over the next 8 weeks (through January)
Our current fully immunized rate is just 50%
Recently in the office I had a Mom of a family of 4 that has had all of her family immunized for everything except COVID. She felt the reality of the pandemic was distorted. The Mom was certain that Flu was a bigger risk to her than COVID ... it seemed in our conversation. I pointed out that over 770,000 people had died from COVID since the start of the pandemic even with shutting down and masking and vaccinating. (Yes, that number is authentic and likely significantly lower than the true death rate - It is doctors that complete the death certificates that are used to count and calculate the final numbers) I pointed out that a two year death rate at high levels for flu would be at most 77,000 in the US (one tenth of the pandemic rate) with no public health measures.
Our conversation/discussion seemed to have an impact. I further stated that her risk of death was about one in 200 (the case fatality rate is 1 in 58 of those that get infected and she is lower risk as she is younger and healthy). We did not get to multiple other consequences of getting COVID. We did discuss that the ICUs now manage 20-40 year old healthy unvaccinated patients pretty much exclusively. I did mention we have a patient dying right now that was not adequately vaccinated.
She left the office promising to get her family vaccinated. I hope she does.
It saddens me that an intelligent woman can reach the conclusion that the vaccine is being pushed by ill intentioned people.
How can I communicate ... that to not get the vaccine is personally putting yourself at extremely high risk?
It is also putting those around you at risk and adding to the continuation of the pandemic.
If you want to see the pandemic end ... get vaccinated and get the booster. This is not a scam or misinformation. This is life and death. And it has been death for likely many more than 770,000 as we are not counting the true mortality rate.
Please take care of yourself and I wish you a wonderful family gathering for end of the year connections/celebrations. Be respectful of others and do not expose others to your presence if you are not vaccinated.
Primary vaccination is now recommended for ages 5 and older for Pfizer. Go and get it.
My recommendations regarding the booster shots for those that are vaccinated are as follows:
Pfizer or Moderna completed series > 6 months ago for the following groups:
- Age 18+
For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
I recommend getting either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines for the booster for Johnson and Johnson.
There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.
We have not received data that would indicate one choice over the other. My personal decision was to get the Pfizer booster. I had the Pfizer primary series with my second dose on January 12th.
Finding a site for the vaccine is very easy now. I suggest copying and pasting the following link to find a location near you:
COVID-19 Vaccine is not available at MFM
Educational video made possible by the Nelson-Atkins Museum and Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, PhD Executive Director and Chief Scientific Director at Stowers Institute
Driving north on Broadway you will be able to see our mural designed and composed/painted by Sike Style Industries. A big thank you to Lazarus Potter as well with Lazarus Design!
MFM is open and seeing patients via telemedicine and in office!
MFM staff have all received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. We continue to follow public health guidelines including masking/sanitizing hands and socially distancing. We do not know that we will be completely safe from harboring virus and transmitting the virus. We will be very safe from contracting the virus and dying. This gives our staff a major advantage in protection and safety.
MFM has open patient slots available for patient care every day for in-office and telehealth visits. We are not seeing COVID-19 patients or any patient with symptoms vaguely similar to COVID-19 (or have risk factors for exposure) in the office. We see and manage COVID-19 patients and those at risk with telehealth. For nearly all insurances we can offer telehealth visits. If a visit requires an in-office visit we have refined our processes to minimize exposure.
Masking has been shown to be critical to prevent spread of COVID-19. Out of respect to others and to help prevent further infections in the community we should all wear masks when inside common areas with others. Wearing or not wearing a mask is not a political statement. I am not sure how best to state this with love and respect. I can state that thousands of health care workers have died due to COVID-19 and we can help save more health care workers lives by wearing masks. I can state that I do not like wearing a mask for so many reasons and I wear it every time I should because we can all be asymptomatic and spread the infection. Please wear a mask.
Upon entering the office breezeway we ask that all patients/visitors wash their hands in the restroom for 20 seconds. The interior door is locked.
We are socially distancing in the office as much as is possible. Please limit the number of family/friends to one or none. If you prefer, waiting in your car until we are ready for you is an option. Call the office on your arrival to the parking lot and we will call you when we are ready for you to come in and take you directly to your exam room after you wash your hands. Please bring a mask or we have masks available as well.
Now maybe more than ever, it is paramount to maintain healthcare provider /patient communication in these unprecedented times as we manage our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Midtown Family Medicine has been using telemedicine, which are patient/ provider real time video consultations and in some situations phone only. For many visit types, such as: follow up of infection or injury to ensure you’re healing as expected over time, some medication management for depression, anxiety and ADD/ADHD, lifestyle coaching, discussion of lab results, flu/cold and allergy issues, minor urgent care concerns, as well as some chronic disease follow up care for CHF, hypertension and IBD, telemedicine is the next best way to monitor your health. We are also able to perform medicare wellness visits via tele-health.
Simply call our office and we will schedule a visit as always. At your appointed visit time, you will go to our website (here) and click on your provider’s name on the left hand side of the page (look to the left of this page), which will connect the telemedicine visit on a HIPAA compliant platform, Doxy.me. Expect to meet with your provider in real time and know that your information will be just as confidential as if you were in the patient room.
In most cases, a video is required to be considered a telemedicine visit and is reimbursed by Medicare and private payer insurances, especially during this pandemic when social distancing is highly encouraged to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In some rural areas, where broadband internet is a challenge, telephone visits are allowable.
Know that although telemedicine visits in many cases, are encouraged during this global pandemic crisis, in office visits are still available. Know that we are screening all patients before they are allowed in the office building and every measure is being taken to maintain a clean working environment for our patients and staff.
COVID-19 will not be treated at our office. This infection requires special equipment, availability of testing and a separate clinic area to evaluate patients. We do not have these resources.
Testing for COVID-19 can be arranged and is available for most clinical situations. Please call us for the current recommendations and for arranging testing or set up a telehealth visit.
Please go to our COVID-19 Update Page!!!
Midtown Family Medicine is actively seeking new patients.
Sydney, Mary Lynn and Peggy are accepting new patients. Sydney Sigler , APN has joined us full time now as our third Nurse Practitioner. We have availability in our schedules Monday through Friday including “same day appointments”. Dr. Thompson is accepting family members of his established patients.
Midtown Family Medicine PC is a comprehensive primary care clinic devoted to providing quality healthcare services for you and your family in a comfortable and friendly environment. As your healthcare provider, our mission is to engage in a compassionate and respectful partnership with you, our patient, working with you to develop and maintain your optimal health.
We are pleased to provide you and your loved ones with a wide range of services, from preventive to diagnostic care, tailored to your needs, and delivered with caring and advanced expertise. Working with you, together, we can determine the path your healthcare decisions will take.
Dr. Gary Thompson and the Midtown Family Medicine team have over fifty years combined healthcare experience in the greater Kansas City community. While our experience is key to your healthcare future, we also strive to continually expand our knowledge, education and technological base, to ensure you receive top-quality healthcare services.
At Midtown Family Medicine, OUR PRIORITY IS YOU, our patient, not just your ailment.
Call our offices today to schedule your appointment at (816) 756-5839. Midtown Family Medicine’s office is one block south of Kansas City’s VFW Building. You can access our parking lot and entrance on the west side of our building from Washington Street. We look forward to serving you.
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