An annual physical is a check-up that should be done at least once every year. This exam is a way for the doctor to identify emerging physical ailments, recognize risk factors for disease, recognize diseases that don't exhibit any symptoms, and begin treatment for any problems as soon as possible. Patients who need some extra guidance regarding healthy lifestyle can receive counseling for lifestyle changes during this annual physical, as well.
Yes. Just because a person reaches adulthood does not mean that they no longer require immunizations. The immunity established in childhood vaccinations may start to go away. This leaves adults at risk for disease. Additionally, the official recommendations for vaccinations can change as time passes. That means that some adults may not have received vaccinations that are not considered to be essential. Any woman who plans to have children should make sure that she is up to date on her vaccinations, as illness could potentially be passed to the baby. Adults generally need vaccinations against flu, tetanus, whooping cough, and diphtheria. When a person reaches 60 years of age, they need a shingles vaccination. At age 65 and older (or for those in a high-risk group) adults need to have hepatitis B vaccines. There are also other vaccinations that may be needed including chicken pox, mumps, measles, hepatitis A, meningococcal, and HPV. The doctor will design an immunization schedule for each person.
There is a wide range of medical care available at Prestige Med. This includes pre-operative clearance appointments to prepare higher risk patients for an upcoming surgery, flu vaccinations for all ages, TB testing, wound care, weight management, diabetes control, and hyperbaric evaluation. In short, nearly any medical care that adults need is available.