Bridgeport, CT Vaccinations & Immunizations

DOCS Urgent Care in Bridgeport provides walk-in vaccinations and immunizations at our clinic. Our office in Bridgeport, CT is operated by board-certified physicians that are guaranteed to provide you with high quality medical care for low prices. We also accept most insurance.

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DOCS URGENT CARE – BRIDGEPORT

ADDRESS
1677 E Main St.
Bridgeport, CT 06608

PHONE
(203) 612-7929

FAX
(203) 612-7931

HOURS
WEEKDAYS : 8AM-8PM
WEEKENDS : 8AM-4PM

ROUTINE VACCINATIONS in BRIDGEPORT, CT

Routine vaccines are recommended for everyone in the United States, depending on age and vaccine history. They are commonly thought of as childhood vaccines, although there are some recommended for adults and some that are recommended to be re-administered every year (such as the flu vaccine) or every 10 years (such as a tetanus booster).

Common Routine Adult Vaccines Include:
  • Hepatitis A (HEP A)
  • Hepatitis B (HEP B)
  • TD (Tetanus-Diphtheria)
  • TDAP (Whooping Cough)
  • Flu (Influenza)
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Pneumonia (Pneumococcal)
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal)
All Available Vaccinations:
  • Hepatitis A (Adult)
  • Hepatitis A (Pediatric)
  • Hepatitis B (Adult)
  • Hepatitis B (Pediatric)
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • MMR
  • Menactra
  • Zostavax (Shingles)
  • Polio (IPV)
  • Pneumococcal
  • PPD
  • Rabies Vaccination
  • Tetanus Diphtheria (TD)
  • Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (TDAP)
  • Typhoid
  • Twinrix (Hep A & B Combination)
  • Typhoid
  • Varicella
  • yellow Fever
  • Gardasil
  • B-12
  • Ceftriaxone
  • Kenalog-10
  • Phenergan
  • Solu-Medrol
  • Toradol
  • Benadryl

Adolescent Vaccinations

Adolescents require certain immunizations and booster shots for protection against certain diseases. The US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians encourage a detailed immunization schedule for all children and adolescents every year. The schedule is complete with immunizations and booster shots that are necessary for adolescents and children.

  • TD (Tetanus-Diphtheria)
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal)
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • TDAP (Whooping Cough)
  • FLU (Influenza)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Pneumonia (Pneumococcal)
  • Hepatitis A (HEP A)
  • Hepatitis B (HEP B)
All Available Vaccinations:

Elderly Vaccinations

Older adults (65+) are at an increased risk for many diseases that may be prevented with vaccines. Preventable sicknesses are a significant cause of mortality in the 65+ population. The elderly population tend to be at a higher risk for health complications and have more medical co-morbidities than others. Adults who are aged 65 or older should take a preventative stance for their health by receiving vaccinations such as:

  • Flu (Influenza)
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Pneumonia (Pneumococcal)
  • TD (Tetanus-Diphtheria)
  • TDAP (Whooping Cough)
  • Hepatitis A (HEP A)
  • Hepatitis B (HEP B)
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)

Travel Vaccinations

Have exciting plans to go see new parts of the world and travel abroad? Before embarking on this, be sure all of your vaccinations are up-to-date and taken care of. Certain vaccinations are also required before visits to certain locations in order to protect both yourself and those around you.

Unsure of the vaccinations required for your abroad trip? Check the CDC Travel Health Website to find details and all important information about staying healthy while traveling. Call Bridgeport Urgent Care to schedule your appointment once you know which vaccines your trip requires.

  • Yellow Fever
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal)
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis A  (HEP A)
  • Hepatitis B (HEP B)
  • Hepatitis A/ Hepatitis B Combination

What to Know About Vaccinations & Immunizations

How Vaccinations Work

Disease germs reproduce once they enter your healthy body. Your immune system’s job is to recognize germs as foreign invaders in your body and respond by making protein antibodies to combat them. The antibodies help fight off and destroy the germs that are making you feel sick. While these antibodies can’t prevent you from becoming sick in the first place, they will aid in your betterment by ridding your body of the germs.

Once they help you get better from your sickness, the antibodies then protect you against future infections from that virus. They stay in your bloodstream and are ready to attack if that same germ enters your body again. Once the antibodies are experienced at killing off the specific germ from the first time, they will kill them off in future cases as well before they make you feel sick. This is called immunity. It explains why most people will only get diseases such as measles or chicken pox only once in their life, even though they are likely exposed to the germs multiple times in their lifetime.

Vaccines help expedite the process of creating immunity. They will help your body produce antibodies without having to get sick in the first place. Vaccines are made from parts of germs that cause the disease they prevent – for example, the polio vaccine is made from parts of the polio virus. The vaccine also won’t make you sick because the parts of it that would make you sick are killed or weakened in the process of making the vaccine.

When the vaccines containing the killed germs are introduced to your immune system, your immune system reacts to the vaccine in the same way that it would if it had come in contact with the real disease. Its reaction is the same – to make antibodies. The antibodies will kill the vaccine germs is if they were real germs and then stay in your body, to give you immunity from the real germ cells and protect you in the future. Then, if you are ever exposed to the real disease germs, the antibodies will be there to protect you before you start feeling sick.

Why Are Vaccinations Important?

Children who are not vaccinated properly can spread diseases to other children, even those are have been vaccinated.

In the US, vaccinations have been able to decrease the most vaccine-preventable childhood diseases by more than 95%. Check immunize.org for more details and examples. Vaccines are responsible for the elimination of certain diseases that were at one point deadly to large populations of people, such as measles, smallpox, and polio. Because the bacteria and viruses that cause harmful diseases still exist, the public health benefits from individuals who are vaccinated in order to maintain and reduce the likelihood of being affected by these illnesses.

Vaccines are helpful because they protect individuals who elect to protect themselves and also because they ensure a wider protection for communities by establishing a “community immunity.” When the majority of a population is vaccinated against serious diseases, the entire population is largely benefitted by the larger protection.

Do Adults Need VAccinations?

Many adults are not properly up-to-date on vaccinations even though they are as important for adults as they are for children. Adults also require vaccines because vaccine immunity may deplete over time and therefore require a booster shot to enhance immunity. Some diseases, such as whooping cough, may be prevented to spreading to children with the vaccination of adults. Some vaccines, such as the shingles vaccine, will specifically protect against diseases and conditions that occur in adulthood.

The Care When You Need It in Bridgeport

DOCS Urgent Care of Bridgeport is part of the wider DOCS Urgent Care network. DOCS network is a professional network of many Urgent Care clinics that are all run by board-certified physicians and health care providers. The goal here at DOCS is to give each patient high quality care at an affordable price.