Know the Facts. Watch this video for more information on the vaccine and how you can stop the spread of COVID-19. Then schedule your COVID-19 vaccination today!
Get Your Flu Shot Today
As the US heads into influenza season with the novel coronavirus pandemic still present, public health authorities stress that it’s more important than ever for people to get their flu shot. Flu vaccination is Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season with rare exceptions. Vaccination is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza. People at High Risk of Developing Flu-Related Complications has a full list of age and health factors that confer increased risk.
Flu vaccination has important benefits. It can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
Call 1-800-486-0131 to make your SJFMC appointment and get your flu shot today.
Book Your Telemedicine Visit!
Do you have a sore throat, cold, or need to see your doctor for counseling services or to care for a chronic condition? We now offer Telemedicine, a remote doctor’s visit by video or phone to manage your health care at your convenience.
Consider Virtual and Phone Visits for:
Diabetes/High Blood Pressure/Heart/Asthma Care
Other services as recommended
Schedule Your Telemedicine Visit Today
Get access to quality healthcare for a variety of reasons without leaving your home. To make your Telemedicine appointment today, call 1-800-486-0131. You can also request an appointment in the MyChart patient portal.
Have a Virtual Appointment Scheduled Already?
You will need to follow two sets of instructions on the MyChart app (your patient portal) to make your experience successful. The first, before your visit to set up your device. The second list must be completed on the day of your appointment to connect to your provider.
COVID-19 Testing Near You
Testing is available at our health centers in your local community. COVID-19 Walk- Up Testing is now ongoing in Atlantic, Burlington and Salem Counties. Locations by county are listed below: COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Atlantic County: Free COVID-19 Diagnostic and Antibody Testing is available for all ages. You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. Pre-registration is highly recommended if you are symptomatic. Call 609-569-4510. Testing Sites: Veteran of Foreign War (VFW)
902 S. Main Street
Pleasantville, NJ, 08232 Every Wednesday 11:00 am-2:00 pm Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
860 S. White Horse Pike
Hammonton, NJ 08037 Every Thursday 11:00 am-2:00 pm All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting. COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Burlington County: Free COVID-19 Diagnostic and Antibody Testing is available for all ages. You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. Pre-registration is highly recommended if you are symptomatic. Call 609-569-4510. Testing Site: Veteran of Foreign War (VFW)
1125 S. Fairview Street
Delran, New Jersey 08078 Every Tuesday 11:00 am-2:00 pm All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting. COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing in Salem County: Free COVID-19 Diagnostic and Antibody Testing is available for all ages. You do not have to have symptoms to get tested. Pre-registration is highly recommended if you are symptomatic. Call 609-569-4510. Testing Site: Senior Center
743 Centerton Rd.
Pittsgrove, New Jersey 08318 Every Monday 11:00 am-2:00 pm All should wear a mask or face covering. Testing is weather permitting.
SJFMC testing is available for children 18 and under at:
Old Salem County Courthouse
104 Market St,
Salem, NJ 08079 This testing site accepts symptomatic children only. You must call 609-569-4712 to pre-register. Monday-Friday 2:00 pm-4:00 pm All should wear a mask or face covering.
Protect Yourself From COVID-19
*To help stop the spread of COVID-19(Coronavirus) and to keep our facilities as safe as possible, if you suspect that you have been exposed to the virus, please do not report to our health centers without calling us first at 800-486-0131 to receive proper guidance. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.*
COVID-19 (“coronavirus disease 2019”) is the disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in humans in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:
Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Stay home while you are sick and avoid contact with others
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
Currently there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections. If you have questions about the coronavirus call the NJDOH 24-hour hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Trained professionals are standing by and the call is free.
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Make a Difference this Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Get Screened
Raise awareness this colorectal awareness month and help to decrease rates on the third most common cancer in the United States. According to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, in the year 2020, there will be over 78k new cases of colorectal cancer in men and 69k new cases in women. Encourage your loved ones to get screened so you don’t lose them to this terrible disease. It’s the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women and the reason adults 50-75 are encouraged to get colorectal screening; a colonoscopy annually. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people age 50 and older. For more information make an appointment with your SJFMC provider today.
Protect yourself from the seasonal flu
Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every year. Seasonal flu vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu. For many people, the seasonal flu is a mild illness. But sometimes, the flu can be serious or even deadly. The flu:
Is linked to serious infections like pneumonia
Can make existing health problems worse (for example, long-term heart or lung disease)
Can lead to hospitalization or death
Flu vaccines can help prevent people from getting sick with the flu – and lower the risk of hospitalization and death caused by the flu. It spreads easily from person to person. When you get a flu vaccine, you don’t just protect yourself. You also protect everyone around you.
When do I need to get the seasonal flu vaccine? Get a flu vaccine by the end of October each year. After you get the vaccine, it takes about 2 weeks for your body to develop protection against the flu. That’s why it’s a good idea to get the vaccine before the flu starts to spread in your community. If you don’t get the vaccine by the end of October, it’s not too late. Getting the vaccine later can still protect you from the flu. Keep in mind that flu season can last as late as May. Call 1-800-486-0130 to make your flu vaccination appointment today.
Need Insurance? The 2020 Marketplace will open soon
Enroll by December 15, 2019, and coverage starts January 1, 2020. 2020 plans and prices will be available to preview shortly before November 1. If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get 2020 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. Please call SJFMC at 1-800-486-0131 for more information.
SJFMC Continues to Break Down Barriers for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
By Dr. Judith Ruffin, Medical Director, Women’s Health Breast cancer is all around us. Just think about it—about one in eight women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. You probably know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and may even be a survivor yourself. The CDC reports that deaths from breast cancer are decreasing among Hispanic, Caucasian and African American women. But there is still disparity among women of color as breast cancer death rates are up to 40% higher among African American and Hispanic women compared to Caucasian women. As a part of a federally qualified health center, you may understand some of the barriers to care that contribute to these findings. Limited breast cancer screening secondary to lack of insurance, rising health care costs, lack of access to care, failure to follow-up, fear of bad news, recent migration, and cultural and language differences can delay or prevent needed early detection and intervention to ensure survival in our patient population. Tumor genetics and biology as well as management of risk factors also contribute to the difference in survival rates among women of color. Thankfully, here at Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers, we make it our mission to eliminate financial and cultural barriers to care. Join us as we spread the word, boost awareness and raise money for this deadly disease. Let’s do our part to make sure our patients are protected—and remember, most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
Women aged 40 to 49 should discuss mammogram screening recommendations with their providers. We encourage women to have mammograms every one to two years starting at age 40 based on their risk factors, values and preferences.
Women aged 50 to 74 should have a mammogram every one to two years. Some may need them more often.
Those with a family history or other risk factors may need mammograms sooner and may require other imaging and genetic testing.
Clinical staff and providers continue to care for our patients by making sure all who need mammograms stay up to date. They also provide referrals and support to give our patients the best outcomes.
Spread the Need to Get Screened This Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
By: Dr. Gregory Collins, Chief Medical Officer In recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, do your part to make sure our patients are aware of how to protect themselves from this deadly disease—not just this month but all year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year more than 160,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s the second-most common cancer in men, and about 30,000 die from their illness. New Jersey ranks in the top 10 for prostate cancer cases. These are staggering statics that will improve with proactive measures and early detection. Have discussions with your patients and their families about the importance of screenings. One of the biggest questions when it comes to prostate cancer screenings is who should get tested. The answer is different for each person. However, African American men get prostate cancer at a younger age, tend to have a more advanced disease when it is found and tend to have a more severe type of prostate cancer than other men. Those who have a father, son or brother who had prostate cancer are at an increased risk of getting prostate cancer. Men with two close relatives on the same side who have had prostate cancer may have a type of prostate cancer caused by genetic changes that are inherited. Help us spread the word and identify those who should be screened. Together we can make sure our community members take charge of their health.