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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 AFC Urgent Care West Islip 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.
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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 AFC Urgent Care West Islip, 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. Let’s get your appointment scheduled today!
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 AFC Urgent Care West Islip include:
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 AFC Urgent Care West Islip for a scheduled or walk-in 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:
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.
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 AFC Urgent Care West Islip, visit our clinic or call one of our centers today.