Vaccinations are a critical part of preventive health care, protecting you, your family, and your community from dangerous diseases. The team of board-certified physicians and clinical staff at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch in Austin, Texas, offers a wide range of immunizations, including the annual flu shot, standard childhood immunizations, and travel vaccines. If you or a family member need a vaccination, call Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch, or make an appointment online for quality health care and affordable prices.
Vaccinations protect you from potentially dangerous diseases and illnesses. An immunization introduces a small, diluted amount of a virus, bacteria, or other diseases into your body. It isn’t enough to make you sick, but it stimulates your immune system to create the antibodies needed to fight off the infection.
Those antibodies stay in your system, and if you come into contact with the illness again, they can fight it off before it can cause an infection and make you sick.
Patients need different vaccines at different times of life. For example, infants and children have a series of vaccinations, including:
Some immunizations protect you throughout your life, while others require booster shots later in life to maintain your immunity to some diseases. For example, adults should have a booster for tetanus and diphtheria every 10 years.
Adults over the age of 50 should also have vaccinations for shingles, pneumococcal polysaccharide, and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
The influenza virus mutates rapidly, and the dominant strain is different from year-to-year. This means that the flu shot you had last year isn’t adequate protection against the virus this year. You need to have a flu shot every year to protect yourself and your family from this potentially dangerous illness.
The team at Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch recommends that everyone has an annual flu shot. Children, senior citizens, and anyone who works with the public are especially vulnerable to the illness. Flu season usually begins in October and lasts until spring. The earlier in the season you get your flu shot, the better.
Vaccines are extremely safe. All vaccinations go through rigorous scientific testing to ensure they’re both effective and safe for people. There is no reliable, evidence-based research that indicates that vaccines can harm your health or cause developmental disorders.
However, there is undeniable evidence that diseases like polio, mumps, and measles not only put your life at risk, but can cause lifelong effects, including paralysis and infertility.
If you or anyone in your family is due for a vaccination, call Urgent and Family Care at Avery Ranch, or make an appointment online today.