Virginia Indoor Radon Program

Exposure to indoor radon, a colorless, odorless radioactive gas, is thought to be the second leading cause of lung cancer, and the leading cause of lung cancer among people who have never smoked.  Exposure to radon may contribute to 21,000 cases of lung cancer each year in the United States, including almost 700 cases per year in Virginia.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies radon risk areas as Zones 1, 2, or 3.  Virginia has 46 counties and 15 cities that are classified as Zone 1 (high risk), and 24 counties and 8 cities classified as Zone 2 (moderate risk).  Click here for a VA risk map.  Testing your home, workplace or other normally occupied area is the only way to know for sure if an indoor radon problem exists.  For more details about radon testing and mitigation, see this page:  Radon Testing & Mitigation Radon informational brochures and documents are available here: Radon Publications.

VDH is making a limited supply of short-term, do-it-yourself radon test kits available for only a $3 shipping fee.  NOTE: This offer is only available between the dates of September 1 and May 31. To order your $3 test kit click on this link.

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Financial Assistance for UVa Specialty Care and Hospitalization

The University of Virginia Health System (UVa) is an academic health care center associated with the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The health system includes a medical center (with the main hospital, children’s hospital, and clinic network), school of medicine, school of nursing, and health sciences library. The health system provides inpatient and outpatient care and patient education and conducts medical research and education.

Most Madison Free Clinic patients qualify for UVa’s Financial Assistance for specialty and hospital care. We are happy to help with the paperwork, and will gladly fax your application and supporting documents to their office. Please feel free to call us at 540-948-3667 to schedule a time for us to help you with your application!

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Are You Eligible for Financial Assistance?| UVA Health

Every patient has unique financial needs. We look at many things when deciding how much aid you qualify for. If you need help paying your medical bills, our team will guide you through the financial aid process. We’ll work with you to provide as much help as possible.

A Flu Shot Might Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Early Research Suggests

Flu season will look different this year, as the country grapples with a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 234,000 people. Many Americans are reluctant to visit a doctor’s office and public health officials worry people will shy away from being immunized.

Although sometimes incorrectly regarded as just another bad cold, flu also kills tens of thousands of people in the U.S. each year, with the very young, the elderly, and those with underlying conditions the most vulnerable. When coupled with the effects of COVID-19, public health experts say it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot.

Flu shots are available at no charge for all Free Clinic patients. Call us at 540-948-3667 or 540-729-4373 or email us at intake@madisonfreeclinic.org for an appointment. Not a Free Clinic patient, or need to renew your application? You can do that right here Patient Application/Renewal

It might seem far-fetched that a vaccine designed to protect against one infection could protect against others, too. But a growing body of research suggests that this does, in fact, occur through a process called “trained innate immunity.” Vaccines are known to work by stimulating the adaptive immune system, causing the body to make antibodies that can recognize and attack a specific pathogen if it is encountered again. But recent studies suggest that some vaccines also train the body’s faster-acting and less specific innate immune system, improving its ability to fight off many kinds of infections.

A Flu Shot Might Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Early Research Suggests

U.S. health officials are urging Americans to get their flu shots this year in the hopes of thwarting a winter ” twindemic”-a situation in which both influenza and COVID-19 spread and sicken the public. But a new study suggests that there could be another key reason to get a flu jab this year: it might reduce your risk of COVID-19.

Airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned yesterday that the coronavirus spreads more readily than it had previously stated, after briefly posting and then removing a draft of the same advisory last month. The new guidance warns that in indoor settings with poor ventilation, contagion can spread via microscopic aerosol particles well beyond the 6-foot social distance many Americans have been observing.

A group of infectious-disease physicians and aerosol experts, in a letter published Monday in the journal Science, more strongly emphasized the airborne potential of the virus than the CDC did in its update.

COVID-19 testing is available free of charge for Free Clinic patients. Please call us at 540-948-3667 for more information.

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month

The update officially acknowledges growing evidence that under certain conditions, people farther than six feet apart can become infected by tiny droplets and particles that float in the air for minutes and hours, and that they play a role in the pandemic.

This might be your most important flu vaccine ever

The flu vaccine won’t protect you from coronavirus, but CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains why it’s more essential than ever to get the shot this year.

A flu vaccine is needed every season for two reasons. First, a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the viruses that research suggests may be most common during the upcoming flu season.

The 2020-2021 vaccine is now available for Madison Free Clinic Patients during regular business hours. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 540-948-3667.

To apply or renew your application, please complete the  Patient Application/Renewal form on this website.

2020-2021 Flu Shots Are Now Available

A flu vaccine is needed every season for two reasons. First, a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the viruses that research suggests may be most common during the upcoming flu season.

The 2020-2021 vaccine is now available for Madison Free Clinic Patients during regular business hours. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 540-948-3667.

To apply or renew your application, please complete the  Patient Application/Renewal form on this website.

Flu vaccines are more important than ever this fall

The Madison Free Clinic will begin offering free flu shots to our patients soon. Stay tuned for details!

In the meantime, COVID-19 tests are available by appointment. Please contact intake@madisonfreeclinic.org for more information.

“COVID Toes” and Other Unusual Symptoms You Need to Know About

The majority of people with COVID toes — which Freeman likens to chilblains (also called pernio), an inflammatory skin condition that often occurs after exposure to very cold temperatures — don’t experience other symptoms of a coronavirus infection and don’t require hospitalization for care. “Many patients are developing these toe lesions well after their infection, or they’re otherwise completely asymptomatic, except for the toes,” she adds.

Stress and Diabetes – It’s a Catch-22

Stress affects everyone to some degree, but it may be more difficult to manage when people learn that they have diabetes. Diabetes is a relentless disease that requires constant attention, awareness, and decision-making. Diabetes self-management can therefore be demanding, complex, and stressful. In fact, it´s a wrenching dilemma as diabetes gets you stressed out and the stress worsens your diabetes.

The Covid-19 virus can linger on objects for as little as a few hours or as long as a couple days, depending on the surface. Here’s the research.

The Covid-19 virus can linger on objects for as little as a few hours or as long as a couple of days, depending on the surface. Here’s the research.