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Vaccinations are an important part of the wellbeing of every person. They prevent diseases such as polio and tetanus, and help us live healthy lives. Thanks to vaccines, many diseases have been eradicated, and with more being developed every year, more diseases are on the brink of extinction.
Vaccines to update include:
Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine — The MMR vaccine is typically part of the childhood vaccination series.
Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine — Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is caused by the bacterium Bordatella pertussis. Although pertussis vaccination is also part of the childhood series, experts now recommend that teenagers receive the vaccine again and that adults also get a boost once every decade. While whooping cough is not a big health concern for adults, infected individuals can pass it to young children and infants, for whom the infection may be fatal.
Tetanus vaccine — Tetanus is a common disease and can be acquired as easily as stepping on a rusty nail. If you cannot remember when you had your last tetanus shot, as long as it has been more than three to five years since the last one, you can get it again without adverse effects.
Flu shot — Every year the flu leads to thousands of illnesses and some deaths.
Shingles — If you’re over 60 years old, get a shingles vaccination. It reduces the chance of acquiring shingles and the associated pain. Adults who have already had shingles may want to get the vaccination to provide protection against a recurrence.
Chicken pox — Also called varicella, it’s a good idea to get this vaccination if you have never had chicken pox or the vaccination.
HPV — Vaccinating against the human papillomavirus (HPV) may help to prevent certain types of cervical cancers.
Pneumonia vaccine — All children get the pneumonia vaccine, and it is available for adults as well.
It is important to stay up-to-date with vaccinations for many reasons, including:
Yes! We accept walk-ins for vaccinations; however, you must book an appointment for Shingles and Pneumococcal.
If you or someone you know is in need of vaccinations, come to AFC Urgent Care in Clemson, SC today! We have a team of professional and caring staff who are experienced in giving vaccinations. To talk with an expert, contact our office today. Visit us online or give us a call to schedule an appointment at our clinic.
With state-of-the-art centers and a professional medical team, AFC provides on-site X-rays, labs, procedures, and more!
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.