Adolescent Vaccinations in Southington, CT
The doctors at DOCS Urgent Care in Southington are available to provide compassionate care and adolescent vaccinations to help your child stay protected against infectious diseases. We offer your family the treatment they need at affordable prices and also accept all insurances. We are available to answer any questions you may have about our care and vaccinations, as well as vaccinations schedules.
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DOCS URGENT CARE – SOUTHINGTON
832 Queen Street
Southington, CT 06489
(located behind Smashburger)
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What to Know About Vaccinations & Immunizations
What is a Vaccination?
Vaccines contain a minimal dose of weak or dead germs that can cause the spread of disease. Whether these are toxins, viruses, or bacteria, they will help stimulate your child’s immune system in order to fight the disease.
Why Does My Child Need a Vaccination?
If you follow the recommended vaccination schedule for your child, you will help ensure your child can be better protected against life-threatening diseases. These vaccines are all tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for your children.
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 version of the germ or virus that is used for vaccinations like IPV.
- Toxoid Vaccines: Contain an inactivated toxin produced by the bacterium. Two types include diphtheria and tetanus vaccine.
- Conjugate vaccines: 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 Southington
Southington children are required to provide documentation of immunizations and boosters for ongoing immunity against different diseases. The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend you follow a specific vaccine 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 Southington 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 Southington
Whenever you vaccinate your child, you are not only protecting your child against life-threatening diseases. You are also protecting your friends, family, and the Southington community. By vaccinating your child, you are protecting everyone around you.
Our licensed doctors and physicians are ready to provide your child with the best medical care possible at affordable prices. Contact us or visit us today to ask any questions about your child’s current vaccination schedule.