Adolescent Vaccinations in Hamden, CT
DOCS Urgent Care in Hamden, CT provides vaccinations for your child to better protect them against life-threatening diseases. With doctors and physicians on staff that strive to provide compassionate care, you will be able to treat your child with the best in care as well as at affordable prices and with any insurance. We are available to answer any questions you may have about your child’s vaccinations or their schedules.
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DOCS URGENT CARE – HAMDEN
1700 Dixwell Ave.
Hamden, CT 06514
PHONE: (475) 238-7972
FAX: (475) 238-8609
WEEKDAYS : 8AM-6PM
WEEKENDS : Closed
What to Know About Vaccinations & Immunizations
What is a Vaccination?
A vaccine is a small amount of dead or weak germs that are used to protect your child against a specific infection. These germs can be toxins, viruses, or bacteria. By adding this to your kid’s body, it’ll trigger their immunity system, assisting the body to fight against it now and in the future.
Why Does My Child Need a Vaccination?
By following the recommended vaccination schedule for your child, you help your child become resistant to possibly life-threatening diseases. All vaccines are tested to ensure they are effective and safe.
What are the Types of Vaccines?
There are a few different types of vaccines. These include:
- Attenuated (weakened): A live virus that is used for vaccines like mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
- Killed (inactivated): A dead germ that causes disease like IPV.
- Toxoid Vaccines: Inactive toxins produced by a bacterium such as diphtheria and tetanus.
- Conjugate Vaccines: A vaccine that contains parts of the bacteria combined with proteins like Hib.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends giving your children vaccines in combination as often as possible, for both convenience and to help mitigate pain. Thankfully, there are several vaccines that can be safely administered together to reduce the number of shots your child needs to receive. For clarity on which vaccines can be administered together as well as creating a vaccination schedule for your child, it is best to discuss this with your doctor and what they recommend for your child.
Adolescent Vaccinations Offered in Hamden
Adolescents in Hamden are required to receive certain immunizations and boosters for ongoing immunity against a number of different diseases. According to the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians, it is recommended that you follow a specific schedule for your children each year. The vaccination schedule for your child will outline which immunizations and booster shots your child requires at a certain age.
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s immunization schedule, your Hamden Primary Care Physician can assist you.
Required Adolescent Vaccinations include:
- 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,) and
- Hepatitis B (HEP B)
The Care Your Child Needs, When They Need it in Hamden
Each vaccine administered to your child helps protect them against potentially life-threatening diseases. Furthermore, these vaccines are not just protecting your child. You can help protect the spread of diseases within your family members, friends or community in Hamden.
Our board-certified physicians are available to provide your child with the highest quality in medical services, within your budget and insurance.