Your Primary Care Provider (PCP) is your main source of healthcare. This is the provider you go to when you are healthy and when you are sick. Your PCP will direct your care when you need to see other providers and will know you best.
Some PCPs are part of a Patient or Person-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). In a PCMH, a team of providers works closely with you and your other providers to assist with every part of your healthcare.list of provider types you can choose for your PCP
You have your annual physical when you are healthy so it’s called a “well-visit.” When you see your PCP each year for your physical exam, your provider will examine you and run tests and screenings to make sure you are healthy inside and out. Your PCP will also review your health history and your family history. During these visits, small problems can often be found and treated before they become big problems. When health issues are treated early, you can get better faster!
At each well-visit, your PCP will make sure you are up-to-date on all of your shots and that you have all of the screenings you need. Click the links below to learn what to expect for screenings and immunizations during your adult well-care visit:Screenings for Men
Babies and children should have a pediatrician or family practitioner for their PCP. Babies need to see their providers more often to make sure they are growing and developing mentally and physically. They also need vaccines, protective shots, early in life to protect them from dangerous diseases. Click the links below to learn what to expect at well-care visits for your kids including developmental milestones and immunizations:Birth through 6 year Immunizations
Synagis (also called palivizumab) is a medicine that keeps children from getting very sick with a virus called Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). In the United States, this virus is the main reason that children under 1 year old get common lung infections like pneumonia and bronchiolitis (swelling of the small airways in the lungs), during the winter months.
Every year, seventy-five thousand (75,000) to one hundred and twenty-five thousand (125,000) children ages 1 year old and under spend time in the hospital because of RSV. Almost all children are infected with the RSV by the time they reach 2 years old, but only a small number of them get very sick. Children who are in danger of getting very sick with RSV are premature babies (babies born early), children under 2 years old who were born with heart problems or lung diseases and children with weak immune systems.
Synagis works best when children get the shot before they get sick with RSV. The Synagis shot is given every month during the fall and winter seasons. Talk to your doctor to see if your child is in danger of getting very sick with RSV and to see if Synagis would be helpful for your child.
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