What are the standard vaccinations?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has built a comprehensive vaccine schedule for people starting at birth to ensure that they are properly vaccinated at regular intervals to provide protection against some of the deadliest diseases and illnesses in the world. The immunization schedule focuses on birth to 18 years of age, as that is the period of time when the vast majority of the vaccines need to be administered to provide a lifetime of protection. A couple of vaccines do require regular boosters after age 18 but the majority of the vaccines are complete prior to children starting school. The standard vaccinations are:
- Hepatitis B with doses at birth, 2 months, and 18 months
- Rotavirus with doses at 2 months and 4 months
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis with doses at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 18 months, and 5 years, and a booster at 11-12 years
- Pneumococcal conjugate with doses at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 18 months
- Inactivated poliovirus with doses at 2 months, 4 months, 18 months, and 5 years
- Measles, mumps, and rubella with doses at 12-15 months and 5 years
- Varicella with doses at 12-15 months and 5 years
- Meningococcal with doses at 11-12 years and 16 years
- Influenza with annual doses
Why are vaccines so important?
Vaccines are important to prevent the spread of diseases, with vaccine administration ultimately being responsible for saving millions of lives around the world. Thanks to vaccines, we have been able to pretty much eradicate many diseases and illnesses that have caused widespread death throughout the world, such as polio, measles, whooping cough, diphtheria, rubella, and many others. Smallpox was one of the deadliest diseases in history and has been extinguished thanks to the use of vaccines. Vaccines provide our bodies with immunity, so that should we come into contact with one of these diseases, we will be able to fight it and prevent it from making us sick. When a vaccine is injected into our bodies, our immune system produces antibodies to fight off the bacteria that cause illness.
By creating these antibodies, our bodies build up protection from future exposure to these diseases. There are some people however who are immunocompromised and are not able to receive vaccines as it can cause them to become gravely ill. This makes it even more important for healthy people to get the vaccines available to them in order to build up herd immunity. Herd immunity from vaccine administration will prevent diseases from spreading quickly as there won’t be large pockets of unvaccinated individuals that cause rapid spread. When we don’t have herd immunity, deadly diseases have a higher likelihood of reaching the people whose bodies are not able to be vaccinated and therefore don’t have the antibodies to fight off the diseases on their own.
What vaccines do you provide?
Midlands Family Urgent Care is able to provide our patients with any of the vaccines that are listed on the complete immunization schedule. We can provide vaccines to patients of all ages to ensure they remain healthy for themselves and the community. If you are unsure what vaccines you need or have received already, we can help by pulling your health records and then ensuring that your vaccinations are up to date.
Our office is able to administer vaccinations to anyone by appointment or on a walk-in basis, 7 days a week. We have convenient locations, with extended hours to serve our patients at a time that is suitable for them. To book an appointment, give us a call or you can get seen on a walk-in basis if that is more convenient for you. We serve patients from Papillion NE, Omaha NE, La Vista NE, Fairview NE, Ralston NE, Bellevue NE, Springfield NE, and surrounding areas.