Children need to be protected in their growing stages of life. As a parent, we try our best to ensure that our children are always in the safest environment. A parent is in charge of buckling their seatbelt in a car & putting a helmet on their head when they ride a bike. A parent is also in charge of taking your child to get vaccinated. A vaccination is another form of safety for the child’s health.
How Vaccinations Work
A vaccination is when a doctor will inject dead or old viruses that are harmless to the child’s body. The white blood cells in the body will then adapt, attack & kill the virus. This prepares the body, so it is ready in the event the virus comes in contact with the body again. If your child does not have a vaccination & gets a virus, it could take the body days/weeks to build up the white blood cells. By this time the virus may have taken over & seriously affected your child’s well-being, even resulting in death.
Vaccinations Available at AFC Urgent Care Hillsdale
AFC Urgent Care Hillsdale offers multiple different vaccines for children. If there is a specific one you are curious about, be sure to call our center ahead of time to ensure availability. Some of the vaccines we have available include:
- Flu vaccine (available for children six months and older)
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
In addition to these routine vaccines, we also offer travel vaccinations for traveling out of the country. These vaccinations are recommended at least two weeks before leaving for the trip, and our physicians will be able to provide the best ones to get dependent on your destination.
Side Effects of Vaccinations in Children
Vaccinations are safe and very effective. They keep all children safe from contracting and spreading contagious viruses. Of course, there are some very mild side effects such as:
- Redness or swelling around the needle injection point
- Low-grade fever
- Fatigue or loss of appetite
Some side effects after receiving a vaccine are very normal. Vaccinations save lives and protect others around your child as well. If your children need vaccinations to get back to school, visit AFC Urgent Care Hillsdale. We offer convenient hours that go into the evening and on weekends, so we are available for any last-minute walk-in. Our wait times are typically no longer than 15 minutes, giving you plenty of time to get back to your busy lifestyles. You can give us a call at (201) 523-9222 or stop by we are walk-in friendly no appointment needed!