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Vaccinations and Protective Care in New Mexico | Yellow Fever Vaccine | American Family Care

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Disease treatments have come a long way, but we believe the best way to combat serious health issues is to eliminate them entirely. Thanks to advances in medical research and science over the decades, we have vaccines that can protect us from many life-threatening infections. Our team at American Family Care locations in New Mexico are aiding in this endeavor by providing convenient and affordable walk-in vaccinations and immunizations to help the body’s immune system fight off illnesses before they can threaten your or your loved one’s health.

Our vaccine options:

  • COVID Vaccine (Moderna)
  • Hepatitis
  • TB shot
  • Shingrix
  • Meningococcal
  • B-12 Injections

Whether you need a specific vaccination, your child is due for scheduled annual immunizations, or you want to ensure your family is up to date on shots, we encourage you to visit our walk-in care clinic. Besides providing urgent care services in New Mexico, we also offer primary care, preventative care, and even COVID-19 testingfor your entire family. Not sure if you can afford it? We work with the majority of larger (and some smaller) insurance companies and plans.

If you have any questions about coverage or immunizations, call one of our centers. Find a location near you today!

Why Do I Need Vaccinations?

Amid a global health crisis, we’re reminded of why it’s vitally important to receive vaccinations and encourage others to do the same: To prevent the spread of extremely harmful diseases. Vaccinations also help to eliminate dangerous and sometimes fatal illnesses and keep them from affecting others. If not for many vaccines developed over the last century, our world would look much different, and many people wouldn’t have very long lifespans.

When germs from an infection or disease enter your body, they multiply rapidly and attack healthy cells. Your immune system is adept at getting rid of germs it recognizes as bad; however, if it doesn’t have the proper antibodies to fight specific invaders, this can cause you to get very sick. Vaccinations act to introduce your immune system to weakened, non-viable strains of a disease, helping your body learn how to destroy these same germs in the future, i.e., creating antibodies.

Some of our most common walk-in vaccinations in New Mexico include:

  • Influenza (flu shot)
  • Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP or Tdap)
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • Pneumococcal
  • Polio
  • Yellow Fever

Do Vaccines Have Any Side Effects?

Because vaccines enter your body as a foreign substance, you could experience minor side effects that generally subside within a few hours to a few days. When you visit American Family Care locations in New Mexico for an immunization, your medical professional will discuss any possible side effects specific to the vaccine you are receiving.

It isn’t unusual to experience one or more of the following minor side effects:

  • Pain, irritation, or swelling at the injection site
  • Joint or muscles aches
  • Mild fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Chills

Vaccines rarely cause serious or underlying issues. They are much safer for your body than the diseases they prevent, so a minor side effect isn’t cause for a lot of concern. In fact, for every million vaccinations administered, only one to two people may have a severe allergic reaction or another minor side effect. Contact your primary care physician if you have any questions about possible side effects or if you experience serious side effects following immunization.

Children & Immunizations

When children are born, some inherited protections—or antibodies necessary for fighting diseases—are passed to them from their mothers. These antibodies are present in breastmilk but only offer temporary security. Vaccinations are a more permanent and necessary source of protection from deadly illnesses for your children.

Not only do vaccinations protect a relatively new immune system, but they also prevent children from spreading germs and infecting other children. Most essential immunizations should be received by 6 years old. Your doctor should have a record of your childrens’ immunizations if you’re unsure they’ve all been completed. It’s vital to keep an accurate record of all immunizations, and when they were received, so you’ll have the information readily available whenever you need it. For instance, before you can enroll your children into school, many require specific vaccines and an updated record of all vaccinations received. Unimmunized children put others at risk of contracting potentially fatal diseases.

The medical team at American Family Care is here to answer any questions you have about immunizations, including which ones are recommended for specific ages and how often they should be administered.

For convenient walk-in vaccinations and immunizations in New Mexico, visit our clinic or call one of our centers today.

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  • What vaccinations do you offer in your clinics?

    We offer a wide range of common vaccinations for people of every age. For children six months and up, we can provide regular vaccines against diseases like hepatitis B, and PCV. For adults, we offer flu shots, and tetanus shots, shingles vaccines, and many more. Contact us and let us know which vaccine you need.

  • How do I know if I need a vaccine?

    To discover which vaccinations you've received, look up your vaccination history. Your vaccination record is a comprehensive document that details the history of all of your vaccines as a youngster and as an adult. To access your vaccination record you can ask your family or doctor if they have your up to date report.

  • Is it safe to get my vaccinations from AFC instead of my regular doctor?

    Yes, AFC offers several services that otherwise are made available only through an appointment at your doctor's office. Whether you need a regular checkup, vaccinations, or lab work, we're able to provide healthcare alongside your general practitioner, so you never need to go without the services you need.

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