Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
While most flu activity occurs from October to May in the United States, flu viruses are detected year-round, including at lower levels during the spring and summer months. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. P3 Medical can come directly to your workplace and provide your employees with this very important health service in a quick and easy manner.
We also accept most types of insurance as payment making it easier for your employees to say “yes” to being healthier this flu season.
Flu vaccines we provide include but are not limited to:
This formula is available for children 6 months and older and does not contain thimerosal (mercury).
High dose formula for seniors 65 and older
Contains four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibodies) contained in regular flu shots. The additional antigen is intended to create a stronger immune response (more antibodies) in the person getting the vaccine.
Traditional flu vaccines offer protection against three different flu viruses that are expected to circulate throughout the flu season. These strains include one type B and two type A strains.
Protects against the same three viruses as the trivalent vaccine, but also protects against an additional layer of influenza B virus.
FluMist is a vaccine that is sprayed into the nose. It can be used for children, adolescents and adults ages 2 through 49.
The TDAP vaccination is a booster for the vaccination adults received as children. It is a vaccination that prevents the three diseases of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. The vaccination we received as children does not last forever and by the time we reach young adulthood the immunities from the childhood vaccine have dissipated and are no longer effective. The U.S. Center for Disease Control recommends that anyone above 18 years of age receive the booster vaccine to continue to remain immune to these diseases. The booster vaccine is administered by injection and is a dead vaccine, which means it will not make you sick. The following are brief synopses of the three diseases covered by the Tdap Vaccine.
- Tetanus is caused by bacteria that enter through puncture wounds.
- The bacteria produces a toxin that affects the brain and nervous system which may produce the "lockjaw" effect.
- Diphtheria is caused by bacteria and is spread by airborne particles.
- Diphtheria affects the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract.
- Symptoms of diphtheria include high temperature, sore throat, swollen glands and breathing difficulties.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Whooping cough is caused by airborne bacteria and can cause serious illness.
- Whooping cough is very contagious and can be caught simply by breathing in the bacteria that is spread by coughing or sneezing.
- The telltale coughing which gives pertussis its “nickname” can be extremely debilitating, especially to infants and young children.
Pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, needlessly affects millions of people each year. Pneumonia infections can often be prevented and can usually be treated. Each year in the United States, about 1 million people are hospitalized with pneumonia, and about 50,000 people die from the disease. Most of the hospitalizations and deaths from pneumonia are in adults rather than in young children. Many of these deaths are preventable through vaccination and appropriate treatment (like antibiotics and antivirals). Two Pneumonia Vaccinations Are Available:
- Prevnar 13
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is offered for adults age 50 years or older. This formula protects against 13 of the most common pneumonia strains.
- Pneumovax 23
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is offered for adults age 50 years or older. Also known as Pneumovax 23, this formula protects against an additional 23 of the most common pneumonia strains.