Melissa Jones

syringe and pills on blue background

COVID Vaccine and Variants Update

This update will be in the format of questions that addresses current vaccine options and trials and the mutations/variants that are being followed. Another post to address covid-19 in kids and current treatment options will be done soon. What are the vaccines currently available in the US? Pfizer vaccine which is 2 shots, 3 weeks apart, and Moderna vaccine which is 2 shots, 4 weeks, apart are the current options. What about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine that is only…

0
Read More
syringe and pills on blue background

Covid-19 Update: Vaccination

First, I am so excited to have a safe vaccination against Covid-19! This vaccine has excellent efficacy against clinical disease and almost 100% efficacy against serious disease. It is an incredible achievement and will help us get to herd immunity and some semblance of normal. As with previous posts, to make it easiest to understand I’ll answer some common questions about the Pfizer vaccination that is now available. This vaccine was developed so fast, how do you know it is…

0
Read More

Why I Choose DPC

For the next story about why I choose to practice the DPC (Direct Primary Care) model, I’m going to give an example of my patient, Cheryl.* Cheryl is a patient that followed me from my prior office and embraces the DPC model wholeheartedly. She also happens to be a neighbor who lives three miles from my current office. Cheryl has a high deductible insurance plan through her work, but wants to have the option of paying cash to save money…

0
Read More
syringe and pills on blue background

Covid-19 Update #?

For this update, I’m going to bypass the long answers and try to explain things in a simple way. What’s the deal with testing? Are rapid tests not accurate? There are several rapid tests that test for antigen and antibody to Covid-19. They can be helpful when they are positive so people can know when to isolate/quarantine. The rapid tests are less accurate than the PCR tests. **It’s like a pregnancy test. If a pregnancy test is negative, you still…

0
Read More

Why I Choose DPC

Last week for my office’s one year anniversary, Priority Care was featured in a Charlotte Agenda article showcasing the start up of a Direct Primary Care clinic. I had planned to have an open house and do a Press Release, but the pandemic meant the open house celebration would have to be put on hold. I’ve been reflecting about why I opened my DPC clinic and why I continue to support and advocate for this model. In the next few…

0
Read More

Why I choose DPC

Last week for my office’s one year anniversary, Priority Care was featured in a Charlotte Agenda article showcasing the start up of a Direct Primary Care clinic. I had planned to have an open house and do a Press Release, but the pandemic meant the open house celebration would have to be put on hold. I’ve been reflecting about why I opened my DPC clinic and why I continue to support and advocate for this model. In the next few…

0
Read More
person getting vaccinated

When Should you get a Flu Shot?

There is much abuzz about the influenza (flu) vaccine this year because of the possibility of getting Covid-19 and the flu together. Yes, it is possible to have both at once. There are some places like CVS already offering the flu shots. However, it is too early for the flu shot right now. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), “Getting vaccinated in July or August is too early, especially for older people, because of the likelihood of reduced…

0
Read More
syringe and pills on blue background

Update-11 The possibility of a Vaccine against COVID-19

For this update, I’d like to discuss the pending vaccination for COVID-19. Since January, when the genome for SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronoavirus 2–the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19) was released, there has been work by researchers to develop a vaccination that produces an immune response in humans that allows our bodies to fight the virus. Phases of making a Vaccine: Preclinical Testing: Researchers give the vaccine to animals to see if it produces an immune response. Phase…

0
Read More

Coronavirus – Post 9: What You Need to Know Now – Top Tips for Reopening

It’s been awhile since my last update. It seems there is quite a bit of conflicting information circulating now. However, there is a need to keep you informed and there are some tidbits of advice that I’d like to offer in the ever-shifting landscape we are having to navigate.

0
Read More

Coronavirus – Post 8: Reopening North Carolina – What to Expect & When

I hope you are doing well during our continued social distancing. The good news is that North Carolina has done an excellent job of flattening the curve so that our hospital systems and healthcare infrastructure won’t be overwhelmed with treating COVID-19 patients. We’ve actually flattened the curve to the point where we probably won’t see a “peak” in cases.

0
Read More
%d bloggers like this: