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Santa Monica Bay Physicians joins UCLA Health

September 28, 2010

Santa Monica Bay Physicians, a well-known and highly regarded medical group on Los Angeles' Westside, will be joining the UCLA Health under an agreement announced jointly by both organizations. "We put the patient at the core of everything we do, and Santa Monica Bay Physicians' long history of incredibly patient-focused primary and specialty care is a perfect fit for our health system," said Dr. David Feinberg, CEO and associate vice chancellor of the UCLA Hospital System. "We are excited that we will continue to primarily use Saint John's Health Center while also having access to UCLA Health's network of four hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica and numerous neighborhood offices throughout greater Los Angeles," said Dr. Bernard Katz, co-CEO of SMBP. "We will maintain access to our current physician provider network as well."  Read more »

Influenza (Flu): Vaccines are the most powerful public health tool for control of influenza.

Santa Monica Bay Physicians provides a variety of influenza vaccines for patients. You should receive the vaccine this year even if you received the influenza and/or H1N1 vaccine last year. Please call for an appointment to receive vaccination. (Listed at the end of this posting is information on our current vaccine supply status.)

Seasonal Influenza virus vaccine. People who definitely should get vaccinated each year are:

  • Children aged 6 months up to their 19th birthday
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including:
    • Health care workers
    • Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
    • Household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

SMBP carries the following Influenza vaccines:

  • Intranasal (live/weakened) vaccine - can only be used for patients with a healthy immune system and without respiratory problems.  Can only be used in patients aged 2-49 years old.  Cannot be used in pregnant women.
  • Injectable (killed) vaccine - safe for all patients regardless of age, pregnancy status or other health conditions.  SMBP stocks preservative free vaccine.  There are three doses of this vaccine:
    • Regular dose vaccine - approved for anyone above 36 months of age.
    • Pediatric dose vaccine - approved for infants/toddlers aged 6 months to 36 months of age.
    • Senior (high dose) vaccine - approved for patients aged 65 and older.

Are there other ways to prevent the spread of illness?

  • Take everyday actions to stay healthy.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.
    • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. 

Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds and other social distancing measures. These measures will continue to be important after a 2009 H1N1 vaccine is available because they can prevent the spread of other viruses that cause respiratory infections.

SMBP Vaccine Supply Status:

Currently Available

  • Nasal vaccine
  • Regular Injectable vaccine
  • Senior (high dose) vaccine

Not Available (on order)

  • Pediatric vaccine (ages 6 months - 36 months)

For more information on Influenza, visit the CDC website.