Adolescent Vaccinations in West Hartford, CT
DOCS Urgent Care of West Hartford, Connecticut offers vaccinations to patients of all ages. Our walk in clinic is ready to service you with top-end doctors and top-quality medicine. We offer adolescent immunizations on a walk in basis.
Our West Hartford clinic accepts most forms of healthcare, and offers affordable healthcare to our patients.
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West Hartford, CT 06110
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What to Know About Vaccinations & Immunizations
What is a Vaccination?
Vaccinations are an effective way to fight off diseases by adapting the immune system to be able to handle the germs that cause them. Through the injection of a small amount of weak or dead germs, the body grows a tolerance and response to the toxin, virus, or bacteria that it encounters. Adding a vaccine agent to the body helps the body recognize, remember, and fight the foreign substance.
Why Does My Child Need a Vaccination?
Vaccination can help your child develop immunity to potential life-threatening diseases. All vaccines have been tested to ensure their quality and safety. To know when your child should receive their vaccines, refer to the recommended vaccination schedule. What are the Types of Vaccines?
There are a few different types of vaccines. These include:
- Attenuated (weakened): A live virus is likely to be used in vaccines like mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
- Killed (inactivated): This is a dead version of the germ that is used for vaccines against diseases like IPV.
- Toxoid Vaccines: Contain an inactivated toxin produced by 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 a child receives multiple vaccines at a time. There are many vaccines that can be combined, which reduces the number of shots that a child needs to get. Discuss the best vaccination plan for your child with your doctor and see what they recommend.
Adolescent Vaccinations Offered in West Hartford
Adolescents in West Hartford will require certain immunizations and boosters for ongoing immunity against a number of different diseases. The U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommended following a specific schedule for children and adolescents every 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 West Hartford 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
Receiving vaccinations is an important step in preventing the spread of diseases in your family, and in the West Hartford community. With every vaccination your child receives, they will grow stronger immunity to dangerous viruses and bacteria. Our board-certified physicians are ready to provide your child with the highest quality of care while providing affordable services.