Full Range of Vaccinations & Rapid COVID-19 Now Available

Becky McGilligan / October 5, 2020 / 3 minute read
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Vaccinations

McGilligan MD is thrilled to announce that we are now able to give the full gamut of vaccines at our practice. We even have the ability to bill the vaccine cost to your insurance through our new partner VaxCare. We still have the ability to give vaccinations to patients without insurance as well as to those who choose not to use their insurance.

Vaccines we now carry:

  • High dose Flu vaccine for adults aged 65 and older
  • Regular dose Flu vaccine
  • Shingrix vaccine
  • Pneumonia vaccines
  • Tetanus and whooping cough vaccine
  • ALL childhood vaccinations
  • Gardasil HPV vaccine

Vaccinations will be done by appointment only. Patients can request appointments either by calling or texting the office at 513.715.5044. Please make sure we have your updated insurance information when you book these appointments so that your insurance is billed appropriately. If you have any questions about which vaccinations are covered by your insurance or what your portion will be, please contact your insurance company.

Coronavirus testing

Coronoavirus

We now have two different ways to test sick patients for COVID-19 infection: 1. 15 minute rapid antigen detection using the BD Veritor System 2. PCR testing through LabCorp.

The 15 minute rapid antigen test is not billed to insurance and is $75. We can also test for flu at the same time, if indicated, for $25.

The PCR test through Labcorp is currently taking 2-3 days for results.

It is recommended that if a patient elects to have the 15 minute rapid antigen test and gets a positive result, this positive result should be confirmed with the PCR test that takes 2-3 days for results.

If a patient tests negative with the 15 minute rapid antigen test, but the physician has a strong suspicion of COVID-19, the physician may elect to also send a confirmatory PCR test to the lab as well.

COVID-19 testing, as with testing for all illnesses, does carry a risk of false negative results. This means the patient DOES have the illness, but the test comes back negative. We now know that the risk of a false negative test is the lowest at day 8 after exposure or day 3 of symptoms. At this point, the statistical risk of false negative test results is 20% based on a recent article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Day 1 after exposure carries a 100% false negative rate and day 4 after exposure carries a 64% false negative rate.

For this reason, the physicians at McGilligan MD will often recommend waiting to be tested if a patient finds out they were exposed to a positive patient and the patient is either not exhibiting symptoms yet, or the exposure was very recent. If a patient really wants to be tested earlier than day 8 of exposure or day 3 of symptoms, but the exposure was a high risk exposure and the patient tests negative, the physician may recommend testing again to confirm that they are indeed negative.

Please continue staying as safe as possible by always wearing your mask when out in public and around others and frequently washing your hands.