Vantage Physicians Explain Adult Vaccinations

With the news of measles, mumps, and influenza outbreaks we have had several phone calls about vaccinations for adults. The need for immunizations doesn’t end when you become an adult. Immunity from previous vaccinations can wear off, placing you at risk for evolving diseases. Vaccines are as important to your overall health as diet and physical activity. Adult vaccination rates remain low and this lack of protection results in more deaths each year than traffic accidents, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS. A vaccine-preventable disease that might make you sick for a week or two could prove deadly for your children, grandchildren, or parents if it spreads to them. When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and your family. For example, adults are the most common source of pertussis (whooping cough) infection in infants, which can be fatal in infants. Read more at

Dr. Samantha Ritchie Reflects on her Medical Trip to Haiti

In March, I went on another medical trip to Haiti. (I think it was my seventh trip with Friends of Haiti.) We saw over 1400 patients in the short time we were in the village of Grand Boulage. Most weren’t sick, at least not right then. They all lived a hard life, without electricity or running water, or the everyday things we take for granted, like books or newspapers, or even a change of clothes. We gave the residents vitamins, medicine against worms, soap, and toothbrushes. We did what we could to help. Read more at

Dr. Samantha Ritchie Discusses the Impact of Time Changes

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, November 3, we set our clocks back one hour, so that 2 a.m. becomes 1 a.m. This theoretically means that we gain one extra hour of sleep that night, so you might expect that this would make you feel more rested. Lots of people are chronically sleep deprived, so gaining an hour sounds like a good thing. Read more at

Exercise Tips for Better Health from Vantage Physicians

No time to exercise?  Got seven minutes?

I recently went to the American Academy  of Family Physicians’ annual convention, in San Diego.  There  were quite a few talks about exercise and diet, and I learned some helpful strategies that I’d  like to share with you.   As you probably know,  eating right and exercising are at the core of health. Read more at

Flu Vaccine Recommendations From Vantage Physicians

Vantage Physicians, The Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone aged six months and older get an annual flu vaccination. Read more at

Vantage Physicians Shed Light On Sunscreens

It’s summer here in Thurston County, and it’s time to put on the sunscreen. The FDA is in the process of changing how sunscreens are labeled, although this won’t actually take effect until December. Labels on sunscreens can be very confusing. Read more at

Vantage Physicians Changing Health Care In Olympia

“We work directly for our patients,” says Dr. Erin Kershisnik, a family physician with Vantage Physicians along with Dr. Samantha Ritchie.  “We know who we work for and therefore we do what’s best for the patient.”

The family physicians at Vantage Physicians operate their office as a direct medical practice. Read more at