McLeod Urgent Care Centers are please to welcome two new physicians, Dr. Richard Ferro and Dr. Gabriel Fornari, Sr. These physicians each care for patients at both McLeod Urgent Care Centers in Florence and Darlington.
Dr. Ferro received his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, New Jersey, and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Mount Holly, New Jersey. He also completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Ferro is board certified in both Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, and comes to McLeod from a Family Medicine and Sports Medicine practice in Durham, North Carolina, where he served as Medical Director. While in Durham, Dr. Ferro also saw patients in Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine clinics. Additionally, Dr. Ferro served as Head Medical Team Physician for Duke University where he founded and directed the Duke University Medical Center Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
Dr. Fornari received his medical degree from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He completed a residency in Family Medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
Dr. Fornari is board certified in Family Medicine, and comes to McLeod from an imaging practice in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Prior to that, Dr. Fornari cared for patients at a family practice in Bluffton, South Carolina. Dr. Fornari also treated patients for more than 20 years as an Emergency Medicine physician in Hungtington, West Virginia.
McLeod Urgent Care Centers are now offering flu vaccines to help protect patients from getting the flu. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year.
McLeod Urgent Care offers the vaccine injection to adults and children four years of age and older. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against three influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming flu season. Viruses in the vaccine change each year based on observations seen internationally and scientists’ estimations.
Who Should Be Vaccinated:
It is especially important that the following groups get vaccinated, because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications; or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing complications:
Who Should Not Be Vaccinated:
These people should not receive a flu vaccine without first consulting their physician:
When to Get Vaccinated:
People should get vaccinated as soon as possible, but may be vaccinated at anytime during the flu season, which typically extends through March. After two weeks of vaccination, antibodies that provide protection against influenza virus infection develop in the body.
The ability of a flu vaccine to protect a person depends on the age and health of the person getting the vaccine. It also relies on the similarity or match between the viruses in the vaccine and those in circulation.
Vaccine Side Effects:
Side effects for the vaccine may include soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given, low-grade fever, or body aches.
Information on Flu Vaccines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu.
About McLeod Urgent Care Centers
McLeod Urgent Care Centers Provide:
McLeod Urgent Care Centers are open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Florence) and 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Darlington). McLeod Urgent Care Center is located at 3015 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, and can be reached by calling (843) 777 – 6870. McLeod Urgent Care Darlington is located at 964 Lochend Drive, Darlington, and can be reached at (843) 777 – 6890.