Exton Family Practice




Family medicine for Chester County

Exton Family Practice is a community-focused general practice serving the families of Exton and the greater Chester County area. Read more about us and Dr. Hetzel, or give us a call at (610) 363-8260.


Tuesday, September 10 2013

2013 - 2014 Flu Shot Season

The 2013 - 2014 flu season begins this October and our first shipment of flu vaccines have alread arrived.. The Centers for Disease Control recommend that all people receive a flu vaccine as soon as it is available to prevent flu sickness for themselves and prevent the spread of flu to their families, friends, and colleagues. No appointment is necesary for a flu vaccine, so feel free to drop by during our regular business hours. If you cannot make it then, give us a call to see if Dr. Hetzel is available at a time convenient for you. Vaccination only takes a few minutes. For patients with insurance, the cost of the vaccine is fully covered by the insurer and no co-payment is charged. For patients without insurance, vaccination is available for a $20 charge.

Who should get vaccinated?

Everyone aged six months or older is recommended to receive an influenza vaccine this season. Children aged six months to eight years who have never had an influenza vaccine previously are slow to build immunity to influenza after their first vaccine. Therefore, these children should receive a second vaccine about four weeks after the first.

Do I need an appointment?

It only takes a few minutes to get your flu shot, so no appointment is needed. You might want to call ahead at 610-363-8260 to make sure we're in, especially outside of our usual business hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and 8:30 am to 1:00 pm Wednesday).

To learn more about this season's flu vaccine, visit:

Posted by Jeremy Hetzel

Saturday, July 13 2013

Uwchlan Community Day

Uwchlan Township; Chester County PA
Photo by Kim Wood

Looking to get out of the house this afternoon for some fresh air, food, and music? Come out to Uwchlan Community Day at Lionville Park, by the LYA fields, from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm today. Look out for Dr. Hetzel who will be there after 5:00. He'll be enjoying a hot dog and perhaps some funnel cake while reminding friends of the benefits of exercise.

And don't forget that fireworks begin after dusk. Check out Chester County Fireworks for a list of more fireworks this summer.


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Posted by Jeremy Hetzel

Sunday, June 03 2012

Dr. Hetzel's office is moving

Dr. Hetzel is moving his practice to a new medical office located at his home. The new address is 413 Longwood Drive, Exton, PA 19341:



The new location (B in the map below) is a 4 minute drive from the old location (A in the map below). For directions to the new office, click here.



With the advent of electronic medical records and other new healthcare technologies, we have found ways to streamline the practice of medicine and increase the efficiency of our office. As a community-focused, single doctor family medical practice, we feel that office space in a large office complex is no longer necessary for us nor ideal for our patients. By moving the medical practice to his home, Dr. Hetzel can offer a unique, community-friendly environment for his patients and greater availability outside of standard office hours. If you have questions about the new location, please give us a call at (610) 363-8260 or send us a message on our comments page.

Posted by Jeremy Hetzel

Thursday, February 23 2012

Not too late to get your flu vaccine

It's not too late to get your flu vaccine for the 2011 - 2012 flu season. Vaccination only takes a few minutes, there is no need to wait for the doctor, and no appointment is necessary, just call ahead if you are not sure if we are in.

Flu season generally lasts from October until mid-May with peak activity in February. According to Google Flu Trends, Philadelphia is currently experiencing a moderate level of activity:


Google Flu Trends also shows that flu activity is generally moderate across the country:


If you want to find out more about the 2011 - 2012 flu season, read this overview from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For a more technical review, consider this article from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Posted by Jeremy Hetzel

Friday, April 15 2011

Receive lab results online

Patients now have the option of receiving lab test results online. Quest Diagnostics, the provider of our electronic medical record system, Care360, has partnered with Google Health, Microsoft HealthVault, and keas to allow patients to receive labortory results in online personal health records. Follow these three steps to get started:
  1. Sign up for an online account with Quest Diagnostics here.
  2. Create an online personal health record with Google Health, Microsoft HealthVault, or keas.
  3. Next time you come in for a visit, ask Dr. Hetzel to provide you with your unique pin number. Take this pin to the website www.QuestDiagnostics.com/patient/account and follow the instructions to complete linking your Quest Diagnostic account with your personal health record. Next time Dr. Hetzel receives your laboratory results, they will be forwarded to your personal health record.
For more information, visit Quest's Very Important Patient page, or read through Quest's frequently asked questions. A good article on the future of personal health records appeared in a 2009 New England Journal of Medicine article.
Posted by Jeremy Hetzel


Exton Family Practice supports the following community organizations:
Chester County SPCA      Home of the Sparrow      Upper Main Line YMCA