Vaccines & Immunizations in Katy
Convenient Walk-In Vaccinations
When it comes to treating serious health problems, it is usually much easier to prevent them entirely. Vaccinations, also called immunizations, protect us from various forms of disease and infection. Today, we have vaccinations to prevent many different types of serious diseases. Vaccinations are key to preventing epidemics and decreasing overall mortality rates worldwide. All vaccines prevent diseases that can be dangerous, or even deadly. They even greatly reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease.
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Whether you’re behind on your vaccinations, need vaccinations for your child, or just want to ensure your family is caught up on the vaccinations they need, AFC Urgent Care Katy welcomes you! Our convenient walk-in care clinic is dedicated to your health and getting you the immunizations you need.
How do Vaccinations Work?
To understand how vaccines work, it’s important to understand how your body fights illness. When germs enter the body, they attack and multiply in your system, causing an infectionThis infection is what leads to illness. In turn, vaccines help develop immunity by injecting a small, weakened strain of the disease. When the body detects these invaders, it creates antibodies that learn how the virus functions and the most effective means of destroying it. Once your body knows how to kill a disease, it remembers it forever. This ensures that your body will be able to fight if you ever become infected with a stronger version of the disease.
Some of the most common vaccinations our Katy include:
- Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
- Influenza (flu shots)
- Polio Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTP)
- Chickenpox (varicella)
Vaccine Side Effects
Any vaccine can cause side effects. More often than not, these side effects are minor and go away within a few days. Your AFC Urgent Care Katy expert will be able to discuss what side affects you may experience before your vaccine.
Some common, yet minor, side effects of vaccines include:
- Mild fever
- Pain, Swelling, or redness where the shot was given
- Muscle & joint aches
Serious side effects from vaccines are very rare. In fact, if 1 million doses of a vaccine are given, only 1 to 2 people may have a severe allergic reaction. All in all, vaccines are much safer than getting the diseases that vaccines prevent. If you are not feeling well after a vaccine is completed, it is important to contact your doctor regarding more serious side effects that may be connected to the vaccine.
Not only do vaccinations protect your child from deadly diseases, but they keep other children safe by eliminating the chance of diseases spreading from child to child.
Babies are born with protection against some diseases because their mothers pass antibodies (proteins made by the body to fight disease) to them before birth. Breastfed babies continue to get more antibodies in breast milk; in both cases, the protection is temporary.
Generally speaking, most of your child’s immunizations are completed within their first 6 years of life. It is important to ensure you are keeping close track of what vaccines your child receives, as well as the ones they may be missing. In many cases, vaccines are required before your child is permitted to enroll in your local school system. The decision not to immunize your puts the child and others who come into contact with them at risk of contracting a potentially deadly disease.
Our AFC Urgent Care Katy professionals are ready to help answer any of your questions regarding your child’s immunization, as well as ensure they are receiving the vaccines they need.