Your immune system is a powerful disease deterrent that wards off harmful pathogens. In some cases, however, it’s unable to fight these pathogens, resulting in illnesses that have serious health consequences. Vaccines help prepare your body for these pathogens, introducing a small amount of the disease that teaches your immune system to produce antibodies that will fight it in the future. By doing so, you’ll protect yourself and those around you, including young children, immunocompromised individuals, and anyone who cannot receive vaccinations. To help support better health for every community, Chai Urgent Care offers vaccine services to keep you, your loved ones, and your neighbors healthy.
ADULT AND PEDIATRICS FLU SHOTS
Are you and your family prepared for flu season? It peaks in the fall and can last into the spring. And while you may think of the flu as a minor inconvenience, this disease sends hundreds of thousands of people to the hospital with dangerous complications every year.
Getting vaccinated greatly reduces your chance of catching the flu and is especially important for older individuals, pregnant women, anyone with a chronic health condition, and the families of these individuals. You should plan on getting a flu shot every year. This is because you will not be protected from new strains of the virus, and existing antibodies will diminish over time.
Tetanus is a commonly occurring bacteria found all around us in the dirt, dust, and fecal matter. It causes painful muscle spasms, nerve damage, and lockjaw, and may even result in death. There is no treatment for tetanus, but tetanus vaccines help drastically reduce the risk of infection. Children will typically receive diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine in a series of five shots. To remain effective, boosters are also needed throughout adulthood and if an injury exposes you to tetanus.
Tuberculosis is common around the world, but less so in the United States. The disease can be deadly, and those infected may experience night sweats, coughing, fever, and other symptoms, or none at all. Because it is easily communicable and may lie dormant in the body for years, it’s important to identify tuberculosis as soon as possible. Healthcare providers, individuals who have been exposed to tuberculosis, and those with a compromised immune system should all be tested.
The purified protein derivative (PPD) test allows doctors to determine whether or not a person has been infected with tuberculosis via a simple skin test. A doctor will inject a small amount of PPD beneath the skin, then ask you to return to Chai Urgent Care a short time later. If irritation develops at the injection site, you will need to be treated for tuberculosis immediately.
Because many vaccinations are administered to young children, adults are often unsure of which they’ve received and when boosters are needed. Revaccinating can be costly and unnecessary, but may be required if you are unable to prove your vaccination status for travel, college enrollment, and other activities. To help, Chai Urgent Care offers vaccine titer services. This testing measures the levels of antibodies in your blood to assess which vaccines have been received and which are needed.
Visit Chai Urgent Care for Vaccination Services In NJ & NY
There isn’t always time to make an appointment for vaccines, but Chai Urgent Care is available to patients every day until midnight, 365 days a year. Our doctors are committed to community health and provide high-quality vaccination services and education to help you avoid illness. To learn more, contact us online or visit one of our locations in New Jersey and New York.