Immunizations Clinic Questions and Answers
Need to know more about immunizations? Read Oak Park Urgent Care’s Q and A about them! Please call us for more information or request an appointment online. We serve patients from Oak Park MI, Huntington Woods MI, Pleasant Ridge MI, Ferndale MI, Madison Heights MI, Southfield MI, Lathrup Village MI, Berkley MI, Clawson MI, Birmingham MI, Warren MI, Troy MI and Detroit MI.
Perhaps you’re a bit behind in your immunization schedule, or maybe you need to have your child vaccinated. Regardless, you might have some questions about immunizations. Oak Park Urgent Care would like to answer them for you, so we’ve prepared a Q&A with some of the common questions people ask. Read on to learn more about immunizations!
Why are immunizations so important?
Immunizations, also known as vaccinations, help protect people from disease. When you get vaccinated, you not only protect yourself, you also help protect others from the spread of diseases. And when most of the people in a community get vaccinated, this helps everyone live healthier lives.
Vaccinations can prevent you from getting diseases that may not be easily treatable or could lead to serious complications.
Immunity based on ages:
Children – While children’s immune systems are strong enough to fight most germs, there are some serious diseases that may need vaccines to handle these diseases and help strengthen their immune system.
Elders – Older adults are more vulnerable to illnesses due to weaker immune systems and are at higher risk of getting certain diseases. Vaccinations can help prevent the spread of those diseases.
There are also people with impaired immune systems regardless of what age they are that can cause them to be more susceptible to certain diseases. These people rely on others to get vaccinated to help prevent the spread of disease.
On top of all that, if a community is exposed to a disease but most people are already vaccinated against it, the risk of an epidemic should be low. When a whole community gets vaccinated regularly, this can help lower long-term instances of disease in the community. Some diseases can come from other communities and other countries, and vaccinations can protect against these diseases too.
The overwhelming majority of health professionals and researchers recommend immunizations, so that’s worth considering too!
What vaccines do people keep up to date on?
There are some simple vaccines you can get regularly to protect yourself, your loved ones, and others from common diseases. Both the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the AAP (the American Academy of Pediatrics) recommend the following vaccines:
- Meningococcal disease
- Pneumococcal disease
- HPV (human papillomavirus)
- DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis)
- HepA (hepatitis A) and HepB (hepatitis B)
- Hib (haemophilus influenzae type B)
- MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)
Ask a professional if you and your family should get additional vaccines based on your medical history. For example, you may need to get vaccinated if you plan on traveling soon or often.
Where can I go if I need a nearby medical clinic for quick and affordable vaccinations?
You can go to an urgent care clinic in your community if you need to be vaccinated! Urgent care is quick and they don’t require an appointment. They are also convenient because they accept most insurance plans and are more affordable than ER. Urgent cares are also a great alternative because most of them accept individuals and families of all ages, so you can bring in your child or an elderly family member for their shots. Some vaccines may not be available for walk-in visits, or same-day appointments, so you might want to call ahead to see what’s available.
What vaccines are offered at urgent cares?
Many urgent care clinics like ours provide vaccinations including flu shots, TB shots (tuberculosis shots), and tetanus shots. A tetanus shot may be necessary if you haven’t had one in ten years or longer, or if you have a wound that was caused by something that was unclean or that may have been unclean.
We hope you found this Q&A helpful. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to us at Oak Park Urgent Care. You can also just come to visit us instead and ask your questions in-person if you prefer.