Vaccination Clinic for Adults and Children Questions and Answers
We would be happy to provide you and your family with any vaccinations you require at Urgent Care & Wellness Center in Lutz, FL. To take an appointment, call us.
Vaccinations are a safe and effective way to prevent yourself, your family, and your community from infectious diseases.
What are the standard vaccinations?
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the following vaccinations are recommended to be given to children at various ages:
- Diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis (DTaP), five doses spaced from two months to six years of age
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), three or four doses spaced from two months to 15 months of age
- Hepatitis A (HepA), two doses given between 12 and 24 months of age
- Hepatitis B (HepB), three doses from birth to 18 months
- Human papillomavirus (HPV), two or three doses given between 9 and 18 years of age
- Inactivated poliovirus (IPV), four doses given between two months and six years of age
- Influenza, one or two doses given annually
- Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), two doses given between 12 months and six years of age
- Meningococcal and meningococcal B (MenB), two doses given between 11 years and sixteen years of age
- Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13), four doses given between two months and 15 months of age
- Rotavirus (RV), two doses given between two and six months of age
- Varicella (VAR), two doses given between one year and six years of age
Many of the above vaccinations also have “catch-up” periods where missed vaccines can be safely administered to a person outside of the recommended age range.
In addition to the above vaccines, we also provide tetanus shots at Urgent Care & Wellness Center.
Why are booster vaccines needed?
There are several reasons why some vaccines require booster shots, or more than one dose. Some reasons why booster vaccines are often needed are as follows:
- Inactivated vaccines, in which the germ that initiates the immune response is not live, do not always provide the body with as much immunity to the disease as necessary. As such, multiple doses are required for the body to build up complete immunity to the disease.
- A booster shot or second dose can ensure that everyone develops enough antibodies for the best immune response to fight off the infection if they contract the virus or disease.
- Immunity can begin to wear off over time for some vaccines so that a booster dose is required to bring immunity levels back up to an effective level.
- With regard to the seasonal influenza vaccine, vaccines are required annually because different strains of influenza appear from year to year, and each year the vaccine is updated to protect against the strain of influenza that research suggests will be most prevalent.
Why are vaccines so important in our daily lives?
Vaccines are the most effective preventive measure we have against infectious diseases, as they make it possible for individuals to build up immunity against various infectious diseases without first getting sick. In this way, a large number of people can achieve herd immunity without experiencing the fatal and devastating effects of disease.
While the diseases that vaccines prevent us from getting are no longer as much of a threat as they once were, they still exist and can cause harmful effects on vulnerable individuals, such as older adults or the immunocompromised. As a result, getting vaccinated against such diseases does not only help protect yourself from getting sick but also those we care about who cannot get vaccinated due to various health conditions. Moreover, the fact that the diseases vaccines prevent are no longer as much of a threat is evidence that vaccines are highly effective!
If you have more questions about our vaccination services or would like to schedule a vaccination appointment with us at Urgent Care & Wellness, we welcome you to call us or to schedule an appointment through our website! We serve patients from Lutz FL, Land O’ Lakes FL, Cheval FL, Greater Northdale FL, Tampa FL, and Greater Carrollwood FL.