The cost of healthcare has become increasingly high over time. Low-cost insurance is available in some states for residents who qualify based on income. Even so, these people cannot always afford everyday services needed to maintain their wellness or prevent illness. There are certain Health Services that are offered at clinics specific to low-income people.
The vaccinations available at these clinics are provided for the entire family. This includes babies, children, and adults. Flu shots, Hepatitis B, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (TDAP), Tuberculosis (TB), Typhoid, and Yellow Fever are some of the immunizations offered at most clinics.
Family planning services that are offered at clinics tend to refer to contraception advice and information about sexual health. These services are designed to get individuals better prepared to start a family.
Because sexually transmitted diseases have become so common, this service offered by clinics is one of the most common. The STD tests test for Chlamydia, HIV, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HPV, Herpes, and Trichomoniasis (commonly referred to as Trich). All of these diseases are highly contagious and can be transferred through unprotected sex.
Physicians generally give antibiotics to treat TB over a series of 6-9 months. Some of the time, the antibiotics are not strong enough depending on if the disease is latent or active or the body rejects them completely. If this is the case, a stronger series of drugs may be given to rid the disease from the body.
In some instances, humans need rabies vaccinations for passport purposes. If a human is not vaccinated against the disease and catches it, without it being treated, it is fatal. Also, if a person who receives the vaccination does not get the pre and post boosters, the shot will not be effective.
Pregnancy testing is a frequent test offered at all medical clinics. This will not be an over-the-counter type of test where the person urinates on a stick. The pregnancy tests in a clinic setting is a blood draw. This will allow for more accurate results by testing the level of hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) in the bloodstream. If the levels are higher than 50, there is a good chance of a valid pregnancy.
Having clinics available for these services is very valuable. This is an alternative to medical care when income is low. Giving low-income individuals options ensures that people are well taken care of.