Flu Shots and Same Day Sick VisitsFlu Shots
At PrimeCare Medical Group we offer routine flu vaccinations. Please call our office at 713/464-9939 to schedule an appointment. Most insurance plans cover the flu vaccine or you can pay by cash, check, or credit card.
At PrimeCare Medical Group we make every effort to schedule appointments for acute illnesses as quickly as possible . Please contact our office for an appointment as soon as you think you may need to be seen. Please understand that there may be a wait for these visits, and your visit may be the next day if calling later in the day.
Swine Flu (H1N1 Vaccine)
H1N1 Vaccine is currently available at PrimeCare Medical Group. If you have any questions regarding the vaccine please call our office. Read below for further information.
Swine flu, also know as 2009 H1N1 influenza, is a human disease, meaning the current "swine flu" outbreak has changed in ways that allow it to spread from person to person - and it's happening among people who haven't had any contact with pigs. This makes it a human flu virus.
Many people have at least partial immunity to seasonal H1N1 virus because they have been infected with or vaccinated against the flu bug. These viruses change, which is why the vaccine must be tweaked. But the H1N1 is not a part of the usual flu "family". It comes from a different strain, which means very few people have any natural immunity to H1N1 swine flu. The normal season fly shot offers no protection against this new virus.
Our research shows that some people that had seasonal H1N1 flu before 1957 might have a little bit of protective immunity against the new virus. The reason is that the strains that circulated before 1957 were genetically closer to the 2009 H1N1 swine flu. This protection, if it really exists, is not complete.
The best way to protect you and your family from the flu is to be aware of one's health and know the symptoms to look for. Have good hygiene and be aware of surroundings to stay sanitary.Symptoms for the H1N1 swine flu:
- Fever or chills
- Cough or sore throat
- Runny nose
- Body aches and headache
- Flue like fatigue
- Diarrhea and vomiting
Those at High risk:
- Pregnant women are six times more likely to have severe flu disease than non-pregnant women.
- Young children, especially those under 2 years of age
- Patients with cardiovascular conditions (except high blood pressure)
- Patients with liver or kidney problems
- Patients with blood disorders
- Patients with neurologic or neuromuscular disorders
- Patients with metabolic disorders, such as diabetes
- Patients with immune suppression, such as HIV, medications like cancer chemotherapy and anti-rejection drugs for transplants that suppress the immune system.
- Residents of nursing homes or other chronic-care facility
- Elderly patients
Seek medical care as soon as possible if symptoms appear in any of the above high risk persons. If your doctor suspects swine flu he or she may be able to write you a prescription for Tamiflu or Relenza which can help relieve some severity of symptoms.
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