Wellness And Preventative Care

First Physicians -  - Family Medicine

First Physicians

Family Medicine & Urgent Care located in Odessa, TX

Wellness And Preventative Care Specialist
If you’re looking for a common sense approach to improve your overall health, get wellness advice, health screenings, or preventive care, call First Physicians in Odessa, Texas. First Physicians has 3 conveniently located clinics at East University, Wendover and Westview. Call First Physicians for an appointment for a wellness and preventive care visit today.

Wellness and Preventative Care Q & A

What is wellness and preventive care?

Wellness and preventive care encompasses a broad range of health topics to help keep your body and mind in top shape. Medical advice and care in the areas of wellness and prevention includes:

  • Eating a healthier diet including proper nutrients to help prevent illness
  • Strategies to maintain a healthy weight for your height and body frame
  • Tips on how to get more exercise
  • Routine vaccinations to prevent diseases
  • Travel vaccines and prophylactic — preventive — medications
  • Stopping smoking
  • Health screening tests for acute and chronic diseases
  • Alcohol and substance abuse screenings
  • Emotional and mental health screenings

What types of illnesses and diseases can I be screened for at First Physicians?

A combination of lab tests and physical exams can check for many types of illnesses such as, but not limited to:

  • High cholesterol
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Anemia
  • Vitamin deficiencies such as B12 and vitamin D
  • Sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, syphilis, HPV chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • PSA: Prostate specific antigen, for men
  • BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic tests: Where family histories of breast, ovarian or Peritoneal cancers are a concern
  • Cervical cancer screening for females
  • Body mass index (BMI)

Other diagnostic tests may be advised depending on your age, gender, family and medical history such as:

  • Osteoporosis screening
  • Mammogram
  • Colonoscopy
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening
  • Carotid artery screening
  • TB test
  • Chest x-ray
  • Depression screening
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Lung cancer screening

What types of vaccines does First Physicians offer?

When some people hear the word vaccine, they think only of infants and children. However, adults need vaccines too. First Physicians offers vaccines for both children and adults. Many of the vaccines for children and adults have the same name and provide protection to immunize against the same illnesses, but some are different or have a different schedule for administration. Some of the vaccines we offer are:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Annual flu: Influenza
  • HPV: Human papilloma virus
  • Meningococcal: Meningitis
  • Pneumococcal: Pneumonia
  • MMR: Measles, mumps and rubella
  • Varicella
  • HIB: Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Td/Tdap: Tetanus/tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis
  • HZV: Herpes zoster virus, shingles virus, for adults over 60
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