Immunizations are now available for a variety of viral and bacterial diseases and are directly responsible for the diminished incidence of tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis), pneumococcal pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, shingles and HPV (Human Papillomavirus) which can cause cervical cancer. Eradication of most of these diseases is possible when there is a lack of susceptible hosts in the population. Therefore it is important for all of us to immunize ourselves, not only for our own protection, but also to further protect others from infections we might otherwise spread.
Disease eradication is possible, as evidenced the disappearance of smallpox, but widespread cooperation is required. The personal benefit is also great, as effective treatment for many of these diseases does not exist. Prevention is best. Vaccines, however beneficial, are not perfect, and many have minor side effects, and rare risks. Your doctor will go over all of this with you before the immunizations are given.
Internal Medicine patients can walk in for any necessary vaccine without an appointment any time between 8:30am – 11:00am and 1:00pm – 4:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Otherwise you can get the vaccine during your scheduled appointment.
We recommend you confirm with your insurance that vaccines are covered under your current benefit plan prior to receiving the vaccine.
FLU SHOT PROGRAM
Internal Medicine provides yearly flu shots during any visit or on a walk in basis for all existing patients from September through February. Our flu shot program is designed for our existing patients that have been seen or treated by one of our providers within the past two years. New patients must schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine.
Adolescent and Adult Vaccine schedule
Wondering if you are due for any routine vaccinations? Check out the latest recommendations from the CDC here. Unsure if you have already up to date on vaccines? Feel free to call the office and ask our nurses to check your chart to let you know what vaccinations you may need.