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Immunizations and Vaccinations

Immunizations and Vaccinations

Vaccinations help protect not only us but also our loved ones from a whole host of deadly diseases. At the UrgentMED Network, we know how critical it is to be protected from these devastating conditions. So, whether it’s a vaccination for school or work, we can help. We offer immunization shots for children, adolescents, teens, and adults.

Common Immunizations and Vaccinations

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

MMR vaccine protects against measles, mumps, and rubella viruses. They are highly contagious and can spread from infected people through the air.  MMR vaccine is a recommended childhood vaccine. California law requires all children attending public and private schools have proof of MMR immunization. Children need two doses of the vaccine; adults who require it need at least one dose.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the MMR vaccine is extremely effective at protecting against measles, mumps, and rubella. Two doses of MMR vaccine are 97 percent effective against measles and 88 percent again the mumps. People who are immunized with two doses of the vaccine as children are thought to be protected for life and do not require a booster dose. You may need an additional dose if you are at risk because of a mumps outbreak.

Tetanus

Tetanus is a very uncommon, but very serious disease. Tetanus is caused by spores from bacteria which can be found in the everyday environment. While tetanus is often associated with cuts from rusty metal many of these harmful bacteria and spores can commonly be found in the soil. These bacteria can find their way into the body through breaks in the skin, such as cuts or scrapes, and can create toxins which result in severe and painful muscle stiffness. Tetanus can result in serious health problems and even death, meaning it is crucial your entire family is vaccinated.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all adults receive the tetanus vaccine every 10 years. Many other vaccines, however, also protect against tetanus, including the DTaP and Tdap vaccines. If you receive one of these vaccines you are also protected against tetanus.

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DTaP and Tdap

The DTaP vaccine, also known as diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough vaccine, protects children from these serious diseases. This vaccine is similar to the Tdap vaccine, which is for both adolescents and adults but protects against the same diseases. Besides, tetanus, both vaccines protect against diphtheria and pertussis, otherwise known as “whooping cough”.

Diphtheria is a highly contagious infection of the respiratory tract, which in those afflicted, can lead to swollen glands, sore throat, and weakness. More serious cases may also affect the heart or cause paralysis. Before vaccinations existed, diphtheria killed tens of thousands of children in the United States each year.

Also called whooping cough, pertussis is a highly contagious infection of the respiratory tract. Whooping cough is characterized by excessive fits of coughing. It is most life-threatening for infants, as coughing spells may be so intense, they struggle to eat, drink, and breathe.

The CDC recommends DTaP vaccinations for children at the following ages:

  • Two months
  • Four months
  • Six months
  • 15-18 months.
  • Four – six years.

The CDC recommends the Tdap vaccine for adolescents at age 11 or 12. Those who have not previously received the Tdap vaccination should get one as soon as possible.

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Varicella (Chickenpox)

Varicella, more commonly known as the chickenpox, is an extremely contagious disease which is caused by the varicella-zoster virus. While the majority of chickenpox cases are relatively mild and harmless, they can be extremely serious, especially for children under the age of one, adolescents, pregnant women, or those who suffer from a weakened immune system.

Chickenpox usually causes an itchy rash, which may last for about a week. It may also cause symptoms such as fever, headache, tiredness, malaise, and loss of appetite. In more serious cases, it may cause infections of the skin, blood, bone, or lungs, inflammation of blood vessels, or swelling of the brain or spinal cord. Before the development of the varicella vaccine, nearly all Americans got chickenpox, with nearly four million deaths every year.

The CDC recommends that children under the age of 13 should receive two doses of the varicella vaccine – one dose at the age of 12-15 months and a second dose at the age of four through six. For those over the age of 13 who have not had chickenpox, the varicella vaccine should be administered in two doses, at least 28 days apart.

Get Your Vaccinations Today

With 17 locations across Los Angeles and Southern California, the walk-in clinics that make up the UrgentMED Network make it easy for you to get the vaccination services you need. With free parking, no appointment required, and a team of highly-skilled doctors, we can provide you with convenient, fast, and reliable care.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us today to find a clinic near you.

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