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1203 Brampton Ave,

Statesboro, GA 30458

A Direct Primary Care Model (DPC) since April 2016.

 

 The first DPC model in Southeast Georgia and the only DPC model in Bulloch County ...

Recommended preventive services

There are many evaluations that are recommended at certain intervals of life as a means of preventing disease:

Women 18-39 years

♥   Testicular exam and BP yearly

♥    Cholesterol screening every 5 years

♥   Tetanus booster every 10 years

Men 18-39 years

♥   GYN/ breast exam, BP yearly

♥   Cholesterol screening every 5 years

♥   Tetanus booster every 10 years

Women 40-50 years

♥   GYN/breast/rectal exam, BP yearly

♥   Mammogram every 5 years

♥   Cholesterol, glucose yearly

♥   Tetanus booster every 10 years

Men 40-50 years

♥   Testicular/rectal exam, BP yearly

♥   PSA yearly

♥   Cholesterol, glucose yearly

♥   Tetanus booster every 10 years

Men/Women 50-65 years

♥   Same as for 40-50 PLUS

♥   Colonoscopy every 3-10 years

♥   Mammogram yearly for women

♥   Bone density every 2 years for women

♥   Flu vaccination recommended

Men/Women 65 plus

♥   Same as for 50-65 PLUS

♥   Aortic aneurysm ultrasound for men once

♥   Shingles vaccine

♥   Pneumonia vaccine

♥   Flu vaccine recommended

Routine chest X-rays have not been shown in studies to change the outcome in lung cancer even if caught early. However, smokers or those with high-risk exposures (asbestosis, etc.), may need chest X-rays periodically in "real-life" medicine, based on symptoms.

Vaccination-preventable diseases

Prior to the start of a routine vaccination program, millions of children perished yearly in the US from these diseases. Parents have many concerns over vaccines: pain, fever and illness from the vaccine, allergic reaction and the risk of autism. We are sensitive to these concerns and will address individually; however, we firmly believe that vaccines do not cause autism based upon current medical research.

Diptheria

This bacteria causes an upper respiratory infection that causes an infection with a thick membrane coating the pharynx. The lymph nodes in the neck may swell to the point of suffocation. The central nervous system is also attacked and can cause loss of function of some nerves. The Mortality Rate of this illness is 5-20%.

Tetanus (Lock-jaw)

Tetanus is a common cause of grotesque and horribly painful death during the Civil War, unfortunately, the bacteria is everywhere. It causes all muscles of the body to spasm (opisthotonus) and results in jaws locking open, back muscles locking to cause an extreme back-bend and causes the diaphragm to stop allowing air into the lungs (suffocation). It primarily enters the body from a cut in the skin. There are over 1 million cases per year world-wide. The Mortality Rate is about 11% even with treatment.

Pertussis (Whooping cough)

This bacteria causes a severe respiratory infection that is frequently fatal in young infants. It starts with a mild cough that progresses to an incessant cough to the point one cannot catch the breath. This leads to the characteristic "whoop" of a deep inspiration at the end of the coughing spasm. As the illness progresses, the spasms worsen and secretions increase to the point of suffocation Pertussis is the only vaccine-preventable illness with an increasing mortality rate in the US, increasing from 4 deaths per 100,000 infected In 1996 to 17 per 100,000 in 2001. Therefore, it has been added back to the adult tetanus and diphtheria vaccination for updating every 10 years.

Polio

This virus infects nerves and causes paralysis. It can affect the brain in the area that controls the diaphragm and cause suffocation and death (mortality rate up to 75% even with treatment). Ninety percent of infections have no symptoms or ill effects, but can be transmitted to another person and cause illness.

Strep Pneumonia, Haemophillus influenzae, type b (hib)

The most common cause of pneumonia, as well as ear, sinus, and upper respiratory infections and meningitis, particularly in children, seniors, and those with weak immune systems.

Hepatitis B

This illness is transmitted via body fluids and sexually. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of cirrhosis world-wide and significantly increases the risk of developing liver cancer. Over 1/3 of the world's population carries it.

Hepatitis A

Caused by ingestion of the virus in contaminated food or water, the incubation period (time from contact to symptoms) can be 2-6 weeks. It causes severe and prolonged vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice. Hepatitis A is generally temporary, but can be severe enough to cause death in 4 % of affected persons.

Measles

Measles can cause encephalitis, pneumonia and ulcers on the eyes. The fatality rate is 1 per 1000 cases in the US and up to 30% in those with weak immune systems. Measles was nearly eradicated in the US and UK until concern of a link to autism around 2000. Since then, deferral to get the vaccine has lead to outbreaks in the US.

Mumps

This infection causes swelling of the parotid gland, but can cause profound deafness and meningitis as well. As many as 30% of males past puberty will experience orchitis, a very painful swelling of the testicle associated with infertility later.

Rubella (German measles)

Actually a fairly mild rash illness, Rubella can cause miscarriage or serious birth defects if contracted by a pregnant woman in early pregnancy.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

Felt to be a "rite of passage" in childhood, Chickenpox can cause pneumonia, encephalitis, and meningitis. The bumps are open wounds and can become infected with the "flesh eating" form of strep or MRSA, leading to death or amputations

Rotavirus

Rotavirus is a leading cause of death in children world-wide from dehydration due to diarrhea. In the US, it infects 2.7 million persons, causes 60,000 hospitalizations and 37 deaths yearly.

Human Papilloma Virus

This virus is the primary cause cervical cancer. It is estimated that 80% of sexually active persons is infected with this virus. Over 6.2 million new cases occur yearly with 72% occurring in persons aged 15-24 years in the US alone.

Influenza

"The flu" causes significant problems in every age group, from loss of work and school days to 36,000 deaths yearly. Death often occurs from the complication of severe pneumonia.

Varicella-Zoster

"Shingles" is a painful rash usually in a linear pattern. The pattern reflects rash erupting along the line of a cutaneous nerve. It is caused by the Varicella virus settling in the spinal column after one recovers from Chickenpox. The rate of disease is up to 3.5% per 1000 healthy persons to up to 12% per 1000 of persons over 65 years old.

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912-871-7890

The use of a combination vaccine generally is preferred over separate injections of its equivalent component vaccines. Vaccination providers should consult the relevant Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) statement for detailed recommendations, available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/indel.html

Clinically significant adverse events that follow vaccination should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) online at: http://www.vaers.hhs.gov or by telephone (800/822-7967).

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