Adolescent Vaccinations in Stratford, CT
Adolescent vaccinations are available at DOCS Urgent Care in Stratford to help protect your child against infectious diseases. With our team being staffed with compassionate doctors, your child will be provided with the best in care when being administered their vaccines, all at affordable prices. We are available to answer any questions you may have about your child’s vaccines and vaccination schedule, and we accept all insurances.
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DOCS URGENT CARE – STRATFORD
200 E Main Street (Dock Plaza – Railside)
Stratford, CT 06614
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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 these germs into your child’s body, they help stimulate their immune system by recognizing the infections, fight against it, and remember it in case of future infections.
Why Does My Child Need a Vaccination?
By following the recommended vaccination schedule, your child will be able to stay immune from these potentially life-threatening diseases. Each vaccine administered to your child has been tested to ensure safety and effectiveness.
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.
It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that children receive a combination of vaccinations rather than one single vaccine when possible to help mitigate pain, the number of visits to the doctor, as well as protecting your child as quickly and efficiently as possible. Several vaccinations that can be offered as a combination to reduce the number of shots a child will have. It’s best to discuss this with your doctor and what they recommend for your child.
Adolescent Vaccinations Offered in Stratford
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 schedule for Stratford children and adolescents every year, and adolescents in Stratford require certain immunizations and boosters for ongoing immunity. 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 Stratford 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 Stratford
Each vaccine that is administered to your child is important because it works toward protecting him or her against infectious diseases. Not only is your child protected, but you can help protect the spread of diseases within your family members, friends or community in Stratford.
Our team of board-certified physicians is ready to provide your child with the best in medical care for an affordable price.