An important part of managing your health and the health of your family is making sure that everyone is up to date on their vaccines. Unfortunately, it can be a little confusing to keep track of so many different vaccines! 2020 has put more attention on personal health than normal, so why not use that as an opportunity to make sure everyone in your home is fully vaccinated?

FAQs about the flu vaccine

The flu vaccine becomes available each fall and is tailored to protect against the latest strain of the flu. There are multiple versions of the vaccine so that no matter your allergies or health conditions, you can get vaccinated. Everyone over 6 months of age should get their flu vaccine each fall. The vaccine is quick, easy, and has little to know side effects. It’s also over 80% effective at preventing the flu! If you do get the flu after being vaccinated, the vaccine works to shorten the length of the virus and make your symptoms milder. 

What are basic vaccine schedules?

Different age groups have different vaccine schedules. Getting vaccinated on the right schedule is essential not just for protecting your own health, but for maintaining something called herd immunity. Herd immunity happens when the majority of people are vaccinated against a certain illness.

With so many people vaccinated, the spread of the illness comes to almost a complete stop, protecting those that can’t get vaccinated due to medical or religious regions. You can view a full breakdown of the vaccine schedule for both children and adults here. Contact your last family doctor, pediatrician, or other healthcare provider to get a full copy of your vaccination records if you’re unsure what vaccines you’ve already had.  

Where can I get basic vaccines?

Getting vaccinated is easier now than ever! You can call or go online to your local urgent care centers website to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated. You can also walk-in and be seen in the order you arrive, although it’s best to call first to ensure they have the vaccine that you need in stock. Urgent care visits are quick and located conveniently so you don’t have to change your routine to stay healthy! Most major insurance companies cover the cost of vaccines in full and are accepted at nearly all urgent care centers. 

Fall is quickly approaching, so don’t delay scheduling your appointment at an urgent care center for vaccines! Call or go online today to schedule your vaccination appointment.