Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, once said, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ That means that it is easier to stop something from happening than to repair the damage it has caused after the fact. This is as true today as it was when it was first said over two and a half centuries ago, and is the entire purpose of immunizations. Vaccinations can help prevent a number of known diseases, such as polio, measles, tetanus, mumps and pertussis (whooping cough).
What vaccinations do you offer at your clinic?
We offer the following vaccinations at Walking Urgent Care:
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
- PPD (Purified Protein Derivative)
- Yellow fever
What are the 10 most important vaccines?
The ten most important vaccines are:
Measles: A highly contagious viral infection that involves the respiratory system, including the lungs and breathing tubes, the measles virus gets into the air when someone who has it coughs or sneezes. It can also last for up to 2 hours on contaminated surfaces. 90% of people are not immune and will get it if they are near an infected person.
Whooping Cough (Pertussis): A lung infection that makes it hard to breathe due to severe coughing, whooping cough can be contracted by breathing in the pertussis bacteria when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Flu: A viral infection of the nose, lungs, and throat, the flu, or influenza, is a common viral infection that causes symptoms of fever, nausea, chills and diarrhea.
Polio: A viral disease that affects the muscles, the polio virus lives in the intestines. You can get infected by coming into contact with a sick person’s feces, or even minute amounts of contaminated fecal matter.
Pneumococcal Disease: A bacterial disease that can cause many types of illness, including pneumonia, ear and blood infections, and meningitis, pneumococcal disease is transmitted through an infected person’s mucus or saliva.
Tetanus: A bacterial disease that causes lockjaw, breathing problems, muscle spasms, paralysis, and, in extreme cases, death, tetanus can infect the body through a cut or open sore and is found in soil, dust and manure.
Meningococcal Disease: A bacterial disease that can cause meningitis (infection and swelling of the brain and spinal cord), meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria that live in the back of an infected person’s nose and throat. It can also infect the blood. It can spread through kissing or by coming into contact with a contaminated surface.
Hepatitis B: A chronic liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus, people with hepatitis B have the virus in their blood (blood-borne) and other bodily fluids. It can be spread through unprotected sex or by sharing contaminated needles. Pregnant women can pass it to their baby.
Mumps: A disease caused by a virus that gives people swollen salivary glands, a fever, headache, and muscle aches, mumps also makes you feel tired and suppresses your appetite. Other people can breathe in the mumps virus when someone with mumps coughs or sneezes, projecting the virus into the air.
Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type B): A bacterial disease that infects the lungs (pneumonia), brain or spinal cord (meningitis), blood, bone, or joints, Hib can be present in a person’s nose or throat without causing illness. The bacteria become airborne from coughing or sneezing. People with weak immune systems are especially at risk, including babies and young children.
Where can I receive vaccination services in Coral Springs, FL?
If you are looking for quality vaccination services in Coral Springs, FL, come to Walking Urgent Care! We offer over a dozen different types of vaccines to keep you and your family in good health. Call us today to book an appointment for vaccinations, or schedule one online. Our clinic is open Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 6 PM, Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 2 PM.
To protect you and your family, come to Walking Urgent Care for your vaccinations. We offer over a dozen essential vaccinations, from the flu to polio, to help prevent you from getting sick. Call us today to book an appointment. We look forward to serving you!
We serve patients from Coral Springs FL, Parkland FL, Tamarac FL, Margate FL, North Lauderdale FL, and Coconut Creek FL.