Vaccinations save up to three million lives per year, according to the World Health Organization. At Excel Family Medical & Urgent Care in Blanchard, Oklahoma, the team help you and your children stay up-to-date with your vaccines. Stop into the location closest to you for a walk-in appointment, call the practice, or use the convenient online scheduling service to book an appointment today.

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What are vaccinations?

A vaccine is a medication that helps your body build immunity and fight diseases. It contains a small amount of weakened germs that cause disease. Vaccinations, or immunizations, help your body identify the bacteria and viruses that cause disease, so if you end up getting the disease later, your immune system can fight it off and help you recover faster.

Some of the most common vaccinations include the flu shot, chickenpox vaccine, measles, mumps, and rubella.

Children receive vaccinations during their annual physicals or at school physicals – most schools require certain vaccinations as a condition of attendance. Adults can schedule an appointment or use the convenient walk-in services at Excel Family Medical & Urgent Care to get a new vaccination or a booster shot.

Why should I vaccinate my child?

Keeping up with the recommended vaccination schedule throughout childhood is essential to maintaining good health. The vaccination schedule design provides immunity before your child is ever exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccines undergo rigorous testing to ensure they are safe and effective for children at the recommended age they receive each vaccination.

What diseases do vaccinations protect against?

Medical professionals create new vaccinations all the time, but the most common vaccinations include:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria
  • Flu
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Hib
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Measles
  • Meningococcal
  • Mumps
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal
  • Rotavirus
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus
  • Whooping Cough

Recently, the COVID-19 vaccine was created to protect against the novel coronavirus.

What if I can’t afford to get my child vaccinated?

The team at Excel Family Medical & Urgent Care participates in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program to ensure all children can receive vaccines regardless of their parent or guardian’s ability to pay for them. The VFC program helps children receive vaccinations according to the recommended CDC vaccine schedule and includes protection for babies, children, and adolescents for up to 16 diseases.

If you or your child is behind on your vaccination schedule, or you wish to receive an annual flu shot, the team at Excel Family Medical & Urgent Care can help. Drop into the practice nearest you, call, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.