Vaccinations, Immunizations & Flu Shots
STAT Health offers many different vaccines at affordable prices to help keep you and your family protected. To learn more about vaccines and their importance for your family’s health, click here to see our FAQs.
Influenza, aka Flu Shot
- Influenza (“the flu”) is a contagious virus that spreads around the US each year, typically between October and May. It is spread mainly by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. There are several different flu viruses, which is why a new flu vaccine is created each year. There is no live flu virus in the flu shots, so therefore they cannot cause the flu.
- Each year, thousands of people in the US die from the flu, and many more are hospitalized. It is recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that everyone – six months and older – get the flu vaccine each year.
- Tetanus is a serious infection caused by bacteria. Spores of tetanus bacteria are found everywhere in the environment, including soil, dust, and manure. These spores commonly enter through injuries from objects contaminated with dirt, feces, or saliva (e.g., stepping on a nail). Tetanus is often referred to as “lock jaw” because one of the most common symptoms of this infection is a tightening of the jaw muscle. The Tetanus vaccine should be given every 10 years, but it can be given sooner if an injury occurs.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap)
- The Tdap vaccine is a combination vaccine that protects against three very serious diseases caused by bacteria: Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis. As mentioned above, Tetanus can cause muscle tightness in the jaw, leading to breathing difficulty. Diphtheria is also a serious disease that can lead to a thick coating to form on the back of the throat, which can lead to breathing problems, heart failure and death. Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, causes severe coughing spells, which can lead to difficulty breathing. Diphtheria and Pertussis are spread from person-to-person through secretions from coughing or sneezing. All pregnant women should receive a Tdap vaccine during the end of every pregnancy, as should all close contacts of the newborn. (Please check with your pediatrician or obstetrician regarding current guidelines.) All healthcare workers should also receive the Tdap vaccine. Tdap may also be given in place of the Tetanus (Td) vaccine.
- Meningococcal disease is a serious illness caused by bacteria, which can lead to meningitis and infections of the blood. Meningitis is an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Meningococcal disease often occurs without warning, even among people who are generally healthy. Common symptoms include stiff neck and fever. Meningococcal disease is spread from person-to-person through close contact, kissing, coughing, or among those who live in the same house.
- Hepatitis B is a serious viral infection that attacks the liver. Hepatitis B can cause mild illness that lasts for a few weeks, or can lead to a serious, lifelong illness. Hepatitis B is transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids. Symptoms include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, pain in muscles, and dark urine.
- The Hepatitis B vaccine can prevent Hepatitis B and its consequences, including liver cancer and cirrhosis.
- Please be aware this is a series of three vaccines.
Measeles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- The MMR vaccine protects against three serious viral illnesses: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. Measles virus can lead to pneumonia and inflammation in the brain, called encephalitis, resulting in brain damage. Mumps virus causes swelling of the glands just below the ears, often giving the appearance of chipmunk cheeks. If left untreated, the virus can lead to meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord), deafness, and in rare cases, infertility. Rubella, also known as German Measles, can cause a mild rash, fever, and arthritis. Pregnant woman who contract Rubella are at greater risk of miscarriage or having a baby with birth defects. All three viruses spread easily from person-to-person through the air.
- Please be aware this is a two-series vaccine.
Other Vaccines and Travel Vaccines:
All STAT Health locations carry all the above vaccines. Walk into any of our locations and get your vaccines up to date today! If you are looking for a specific vaccine that is not on this list, please call your local STAT Health to check availability. As a part of our ongoing commitment to making healthcare convenient, STAT Health can order travel or other vaccines that we do not keep stocked in our offices. Please call your local STAT Health for details.