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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Primary care services for adults and children

What is primary care?

Primary care is health care that is usually provided in a clinic (doctor's office):

  • Care when you are sick or injured
  • Treatment for an on-going problem or a problem that doesn't get better
  • Answers to questions about your health
  • Checking for problems that don't have symptoms, such as cancer
  • Teaching you about your health condition
  • Check-ups
  • Help to manage your chronic illness, such as diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Help to quit smoking
  • Shots to protect against disease
  • Coordination of your care between hospitals and specialists

The Public Health adult health and child health clinics:

At our primary care clinics, our doctors and nurse practitioners take good care of you during illness and support your lifelong health.

We encourage you or your child to see the same provider each time you come in. Your Primary Care Provider will get to know you personally and can give you the best kind of care. If you do not have health insurance, clinic fees are based on your income. We also accept medical coupons, Medicaid, Healthy Options, Take Charge, GAU (Disability Lifeline) Medicare, and WA Basic Health Plan.

Our clinics are Healthcare for the Homeless providers. Please let us know if you are having problems with safe and stable housing, so we can serve you better.

Kids need lots of check-ups!

Is it time for your child's check up?

  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 1 year
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years
  • 6 years
  • 8 years
  • 10 years
  • Each year between 10-21 years

What does the doctor do at a child's check-up?

  • Physical exam - a full check of everything
  • Talk about the stages that your child is going through
  • Give shots to protect against diseases
  • Make sure that there are no hidden problems
  • Check to see your child is growing and learning well

My child is not sick. Why does my child need to go to a doctor?

The doctor can check on all the different ways your child is growing and learning. You can talk to the doctor about the ways you keep your child healthy.

Should I take my child back to the same doctor that we saw before?

It's best for your child to have his/her own doctor. The doctor gets to know your child personally, and can give him/her the best kind of care.

Adults need check-ups too!
  • Have your blood pressure checked
  • Get a colon cancer test -- start testing at age 50
  • Have your cholesterol checked - men over 35 years old and women over 45 years old
  • Get a pap test (for cervical cancer) -- women ages 24-64 years old
  • Get checked for breast cancer
  • Get a tetanus shot at least every 10 years
  • Get a flu shot every year

Things you can do for your health:

Words to know
  • Provider is another word for Doctor or Nurse Practitioner.

  • Primary Care Provider (PCP) means your own doctor or nurse -- the one you usually see and who knows you.

  • Pediatricians are doctors who only take care of children. They are especially trained in children's medical care.

  • Preventive care -- care that prevents (or stops) disease before it starts or before it is hard to cure. This includes: Tests, shots and information about how you can lower your chance of getting a disease

  • Chronic disease -- a health problem, such as diabetes and asthma that you have to manage over your lifetime. Providers can help you with medicine, a plan for your care, changes you'll want to make in what you eat