We provide flu shots and immunizations for a variety of illnesses, including Hepatitis B, Tetanus and MMR.

Flu shots, for example, protect employees and help prevent time loss on the job. Each fall as flu season approaches, Physicians Quality Care offers flu shots to businesses with no on-site fee. We will come to your facility and administer the vaccine for any shifts that you might need. Even if some of your employees are travelling, they can come to the Physicians Quality Care clinic at their convenience and receive the vaccine for the same company price.

It’s already time to schedule flu shots

For some employers, it will come as no surprise that the 2018-2019 flu season extended well into spring. And now, it’s already time to begin thinking about the 2019-2020 flu season.

Physicians Quality Care OCCMed is scheduling flu shots for this fall after the new vaccine arrives. We will come to your work place when it is most convenient for you at no extra charge. Employees can also come to our Milan and Jackson clinics for their flu shots.

Production of the new vaccine is underway. Flu viruses are constantly changing, so the vaccine composition is reviewed each year and updated as needed based on which influenza viruses are making people sick, the extent to which those viruses are spreading, and how well the previous season’s vaccine protects against those viruses.

Though getting the seasonal flu vaccine each year is not a guarantee, it is still your best  bet to not get the flu, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says.

The CDC estimates that, from October 1, 2018, through May 4, 2019 …

  • 37.4 to 42.9 million people got the flu.
  • 17.3 to  20.1 million people went to the doctor because of the flu.
  • 531,000 to 647,000 people were hospitalized. 
  • The flu caused 36,400 to 61,200 deaths.

To avoid these statistics at your workplace, schedule your flu shots  by contacting OCCMed Director Jennifer Carmack at 731-984-8400 or jennifer@physiciansqualitycare.com.

Could it be the flu?

The sooner you find out if you have the flu, the sooner you’ll get better. You’ll also be less likely to spread the flu misery to others.

Flu symptoms

Flu, which is different from a cold, can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu usually comes on suddenly.

People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, diarrhea and vomiting. And though fever is a symptom of the flu, it’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Stay home and avoid contact

If you get sick with flu symptoms, you should stay home from work, school, social events and public gatherings so you are less likely to spread the flu to others.

Studies show that prompt treatment with antiviral drugs can prevent serious complica-tions. Prompt treatment can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.

The benefit of antiviral treatment is greatest if treatment is started within two days after the onset of illness. How long?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone – except to get medical care or necessities.

Most people who become sick will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people may become more severely ill.

Following flu infection, moderate complications, such as secondary ear and sinus infections, can occur. Pneumonia is a more serious flu complication.

Those at higher risk for complications include people who are over 65, children under 2, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic medical conditions.

Spreading the flu

When infected people cough, sneeze or talk, they can spread influenza viruses in respiratory droplets to people who are nearby.

People might also get flu by touching a contaminated surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

So, if you have the flu, stay away from others as much as possible. Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or wear a face mask. Wash your hands often.

Source: CDC

Getting the flu can be serious

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with the flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through your workplace and our community.

The CDC recommends that every person 6 months of age or older get the flu shot by the end of October.

This year’s flu vaccine is updated to better match circulating viruses, the CDC reports. It takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to develop antibodies.

Each year, millions of people get the flu, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes. Even healthy people can get very sick and spread the flu to others.