The seasonal influenza vaccine protects against viruses that cause influenza, often called the flu. The vaccine does not protect against other viruses or bacteria that cause colds or stomach illness, such as ‘stomach flu’.
KIDS NEED A SECOND DOSE:
- Children 6 months to 8 years old require two doses of flu vaccine.
- Children getting flu vaccine for the first time, and those who have only previously received one dose of vaccine, should get two doses of vaccine.
- The second dose needs to given at least 4 weeks after the first.
- It usually takes about two weeks after the second dose for protection against flu to begin.
The flu vaccine is safe for pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.
WHO SHOULD NOT RECEIVE A FLU VACCINE:
Children under 6 months of age
- People who have had a life threatening reaction to a previous dose of vaccine
- Those with a past history Guillain-Barre syndrome, which occurred within 8 weeks of receiving a previous dose of influenza vaccine
Local reactions such as soreness at the injection site occur for up to 2 days in 30% of recipients. Systemic reactions such as fever, aching muscles and fatigue may occur 6-12 hours after vaccination and last 1-2 days especially in persons receiving the vaccine for the first time. Influenza vaccine cannot cause the flu because it does not contain a live virus.
Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), a form of paralysis, is usually temporary and can occur after some common infections. GBS may be associated with influenza vaccine in about 1 per million recipients. During the 2000 influenza season, some people who got the influenza vaccine had a reaction called oculo-respiratory syndrome (ORS). ORS involved eye redness, and in some people, a cough, sore throat or breathing symptoms. Most people who had ORS can be safely vaccinated again, and there have been few reports since 2000.
Influenza vaccine may safely be given at the same time as other vaccines. Influenza vaccine can contain a very small amount of thimerosal as a preservative. Scientific evidence has proven it to be safe for use in adults, children and pregnant women.
PLEASE WAIT FOR 15 MINUTES FOLLOWING YOUR VACCINATION
Drs. Garcia, Grant & Lee provide Full Service Maternity Care.
- They are part of the Terra Maternity Group at BC Women’s Hospital and are accepting new patients for maternity care.
- They will care for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy, delivery and post partum period.
- You will then be discharged back to your family doctor.
- If you do not have a family doctor, we will do our best to find someone for you.
Please call the office to book an appointment for an IUD consult with your Family Doctor.
You will then be booked for a follow-up appointment for the IUD insertion.
Doctor’s notes and medical forms are not covered by MSP.
- When booking your appointment, please let the staff know if you have a form that needs completing.
- We charge a reasonable fee for forms which varies based on the complexity of the form.
- Chart Transfers:
When a patient transfers to another clinic, we need to review your chart and your current medical issues, including your preventive health interactions such as PAPs, mammograms, colon cancer screening, immunization and cholesterol and chronic disease testing. In order to transfer your file, we need to note and forward all pertinent information to your new doctor. Unfortunately, none of this work is compensated by the medical services plan and therefore we need charge privately for this service.
Annual medical exams are not covered by MSP if you do not have a medical condition that requires a full exam.
- Most healthy patients do not need a complete annual physical exam.
- Patients with some chronic health conditions, newly pregnant women as well as infants and preschool age children do require complete physical exams. Sometimes your doctor will recommend a physical exam as part of the investigation of new symptoms.
- Physical exams for work, sports or camp are not covered by MSP.
- If you are unsure if you need an exam, please book an appointment with your doctor to discuss.
- You can pay privately for a physical exam if you want one but do not meet the medical criteria. The fee for a physical exam is $100-190. This does not include the charges for any bloodwork or other tests that you request if they are not medically required.
We offer many minor procedures such as :
- Suturing of lacerations
- Mole removals
- IUD insertions
- Wart treatments
- Trigger Point Injections
In most cases you will need a consultation with your doctor prior to booking a procedure.
Not all procedures are covered by MSP.
Some clinic services are not covered by MSP :
- Fees are due at the time the service is provided.
- For your convenience we take Visa, Mastercard, debit, e-transfer, cash or cheques.
- Please make all cheques payable to Oakridge Medical Vancouver.
Doctor’s note $10- 20
Short medical form $25-45
Long medical form $50-100
Driver’s Exam & Form $100-190
Fitness Exams for Camp, School, Sports etc $75
Liquid Nitrogen for cosmetic reasons $35 & up
Treatment of skin tags $35 & up
Mole removal for cosmetic reasons $150
Transfer of medical records $30-50 per chart requested
To Book an appointment with Naomi go to her website http://embrace-cs.ca/ or call 604-327-7056
Canada’s first Pelvic Muscle Dysfunction Biofeedback (PMDB) certified practitioner, Naomi’s coaching empowers people with bladder challenges to improve the quality of their lives through education, behaviour modifications and researched clinical measures.
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- Urinary Incontinence
- Fecal Incontinence
- Restore/ Improve Pelvic Floor Muscle Tone
- Bladder & Bowel Retraining
- Catheter Care