In different situations, vaccinations can work to prevent disease or lessen the severity of symptoms of a particular disease. Our doctors recommend staying up-to-date with vaccinations, and paying particular attention if you are around certain individuals with compromised or developing immune systems. We make it easy to stay current with these four vaccinations because at MedSpring, you can simply walk in for a vaccination – no appointment needed!
Here are four vital vaccinations we offer at MedSpring:
- Flu shots: the CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age get an annual flu shot. While the flu vaccine may not always completely prevent getting the flu, it can help lessen the severity of your symptoms. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Burger says “The flu shot cannot cause someone to get the flu. The flu shot uses components of four different strains of the flu virus. None of these components is alive or capable of causing the flu. What the components do is trigger an immune response in a person so that if they are exposed to one of those strains their immune system can kill the virus before it multiplies and gets the person sick.”
(please note at MedSpring, we have flu vaccines for adults and children over 12 months of age)
- Pertussis / whooping cough vaccine: pertussis, or more commonly called “whooping cough” is an extremely contagious viral disease. Infants and young children are most at risk for this virus, so it’s extremely important for caregivers to get the whooping cough vaccination.
- Tetanus vaccine: tetanus is a vaccine-preventable disease that is contracted when a bacterium (normally found in dirt or manure) enters the body through a cut. It is part of the DTaP vaccination that is standard in childhood immunizations; however, it’s also important for adults to stay current with their tetanus booster shots to prevent tetanus.
- Hepatitis B vaccine: the CDC recommends the hepatitis B (also called “hep b”) vaccination because while for some hepatitis B can be a short-term illness, for others it can become a serious and chronic illness. Certain people are more at risk for contracting hepatitis B, including those who share syringes or needles, those whose job involves contact with human blood, those who have sexual contact with persons who might be infected, and more.
Remember, we’re open every day from 8am until 8pm for patients to walk in and get vaccinated.