FAQ

General Facts

Do I need to fill out forms ahead of time?

While it’s not absolutely necessary to fill out your forms ahead of time, by doing so the administrative wait time will be expedited.

Do you speak Spanish?

Yes, our Physicians and staff are fluent in Spanish.

How do I get a refill on my medication?

If you need a refill on your medication, please contact your pharmacy directly at least 48 hours in advance and ask them to fax the refill request to our office.

What are your office hours?

Our normal office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What form of payment do you accept?

We accept VISA, MasterCard, personal checks and cash payments. Should you have a question regarding your account, please contact our billing representative at (936)788-1060. Deductibles and co-payments are required at the time of service.

What services do you provide?

We provide a wide array of standard services including well-baby and well-woman checkups, sports and general physicals, acute illness care, cholesterol management and diabetes management and much more. We also provide specialty services such as aesthetics treatments, mole removal, ingrown toenail excision and much more.

Flu Vaccine FAQ

Is the flu vaccine effective?

Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu this season. You are 60% less likely to need treatment for the flu by a healthcare provider if you are vaccinated. There are other advantages to getting the vaccine, it has been proven to significantly reduce illness, antibiotic use, time lost from work, hospitalizations, and deaths.

What time of the year should get the flu vaccine?

NOW! Flu season is coming!  Flu season usually peaks in January or February, but it can occur as late as May. Early immunization is the most effective, but it is not too late to get the vaccine in December, January, or beyond.

What choices do I have for the flu vaccine?

There are two different types of flu vaccines – trivalent and quadrivalent.

Trivalent vaccines protect against 3 strains of the flu, A/H3N2, A/H1N1, and influenza B. Trivalent vaccines are available in:
  • Traditional flu shots, approved for anyone 6 months and older
  • Intradermal shots, which use a shorter needle, approved for anyone 18-64
  • High dose shots approved for people over 65
  • Cell based shots created using viruses grown in animal cells and approved for anyone over 18
  • Recombinant shots created using DNA technology, approved for people 18-49 with severe egg allergies
Quadivalent vaccines protect against 4 strains of the flu, A/H3N2, A/H1N1, and 2 strains of influenza B. Quadrivalent vaccines are available in:
  • Traditional flu shots, approved for anyone 6 months and older
  • Nasal spray, approved for healthy people from 2-49, except pregnant women
How long is my flu vaccination good for?

The flu vaccine is good for one flu season.

How soon does the vaccine start working?

It takes approximately two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and offer a safeguard against the infection. Meanwhile, you will still be in danger of catching the flu.  That is why NOW is the time to get your vaccination before the flu season is That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early in the fall, before the flu season actually under way.

Is the vaccine dangerous?

NO!  Flu vaccines have a very good statistics. However, there are possible side-effects to the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration carefully supervise the safety of the vaccines.

If I’m not feeling well, should I still get the flu vaccine?

If you have a fever, you should postpone getting your flu shot until you are fever free; although, you can get the vaccine if you have a respiratory illness without a fever, or if you have another mild illness.

The nasal-spray flu vaccine can be given to people with minor illnesses, such as:
  • diarrhea
  • a mild upper respiratory tract infection, with or without a fever.
If you have nasal congestion, you should consider waiting to get the nasal-spray flu vaccine. Nasal congestion may limit the vaccine’s ability to reach the nasal lining.
What are the side effects of the vaccine?
Mild side effects usually begin soon after you get the vaccine and last one to two days. Possible mild side effects of the flu shot include:
  • Soreness, redness, and swelling at the injection site
  • Fainting, mainly in adolescents
  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Nausea
Possible mild side effects of the nasal spray include:
  • Runny nose
  • Wheezing
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Fever
Serious side effects usually begin within a few minutes to a few hours after receiving the shot. Possible serious side effects of vaccination include:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling around the eyes or lips
  • Hives
  • Paleness
  • Weakness
  • Racing heart
  • Dizziness
  • Behavior changes
  • High fever
If you experience any of these reactions, seek medical attention immediately.
If I have a serious reaction to the vaccine, how do I report it?
Contact your health care provider immediately.  Your provider should notify the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) of your reaction. You may also file a report yourself. All serious reactions should be reported, even if you aren’t sure it was caused by the flu vaccine. This data is used to assist VAERS in identifying serious reactions that may need further investigation.
Additionally, if your reaction results in a serious injury, you might qualify for compensation from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP).  Compensation for vaccine-related injury or death claims for covered vaccines given on or after October 1, 1988 is provided for by VICP.
Can I get the flu from the vaccine?
 NO, you cannot get the flu from the flu shot or the nasal spray. The vaccine contains inactivated (killed) flu viruses that cannot cause illness. The nasal spray contains weakened live viruses. The weakened viruses only cause infection in the cooler temperatures found in the nose. The viruses cannot infect the lungs or other areas in the body where warmer temperatures exist.
How much will I have to pay for the vaccine?
Most health insurance plans cover the cost, but you should check with your insurance company before visiting your health care provider.
Who should not get the vaccine?
Make sure your health care provider knows if you have and of the following prior to getting the injection:
  • A severe allergy to chicken eggs
  • A history of severe reaction to a flu vaccination
  • A moderate-to-severe illness with a fever
  • A history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS)
Seeking a Family Doctor?

Meet our physicians, who take pride in preventative care for the whole family! Our physicians have a wide range of focus’ that will ensure protection of your well-being and help you prevent disease and disability.

Healthy enough for sports?

Getting a sports physical each year is imperative in maintaining a healthy, safe and effective training regimen. Our physicians can help you avoid future health issues and injury with a quick and simple sports physical.

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