Flu Vaccine Updates


We strongly encourage you and your family be vaccinated! For ease of convenience, we’re offering all flu shots to be scheduled online, or by calling your office directly. When scheduling them online, please schedule one person per appointment time. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your physician’s office.



Peripheral artery disease and IHA’s outpatient endovascular center

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a blood disease of the legs, where plaque builds up in the arteries.

Plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances in the blood. When you develop PAD your extremities, usually your legs, don’t receive enough blood flow, which causes symptoms such as leg pain or calf cramping when walking. You have a higher chance of contracting PAD if you have diabetes and/or smoke.


Most cases of PAD are treatable, although in very serious cases, PAD can lead to leg amputation. At IHA Vascular & Endovascular Specialists, we have an outpatient center equipped to perform the most up-to-date procedures for PAD, if it’s necessary. We try non-surgical options first, such as a medication and lifestyle changes, and work our way toward surgery if it’s needed.

In our outpatient endovascular center, we can perform many minimally-invasive procedures, which will allow the patient to avoid the hospital. We also strive to perform minimally-invasive procedures, which allows the patient less downtime and a faster recovery.

If you have leg pain when you walk or climb stairs, talk to your doctor. Some older adults associate leg pain with the aging process; however the cause of pain could be PAD.

This article was originally published on April 7, 2016, and was updated on September 19, 2016.

Making Halloween safe and inclusive for kids with allergies


When a child has food allergies, Halloween can be a scary time. The small candy wrappers often do not contain lists of ingredient, making it nearly impossible to make sure your little one is eating a treat that’s safe for them. When your child has an egg, milk, nut or soy allergy, how do you make sure they’re safe and can have a fun Halloween experience?

The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) organization started the Teal Pumpkin Project, which encourages people to place a teal painted pumpkin outside their door if they’re offering non-food treats, such as stickers or small toys, to trick-or-treaters.

It’s a small step to make sure all children can be a part of the fun on Halloween, and it allows the parent to know their children will be safe without a bag full of candy they may or may not be able to eat safely.

If you’re interested in participating, it’s very simple! Place a teal painted pumpkin outside your door to let trick-or-treaters and their parents know you have non-food items, and pass them out like you normally would. Some kids may ask for them knowing they can’t have dairy, soy or nuts. It’s best to keep the non-food treats in a separate bowl or container, so extra safety from cross-contamination. FARE has printable materials available for you to display to let others know there are non-food items available at your home.

This article was originally published on September 30, 2015, and was updated on September 7, 2016.