Vaccine shots are important in preventing dangerous diseases that can harm you or your family. It is important for all ages from pre-teen to adult to stay up to date on their immunizations. Summer is winding down, and the start of a new school year is just around the corner. August is a great time to get caught up on your shots in order to be happy and healthy for the year ahead. Call your MUSC primary care physician today and set up an appointment!
Here are some common questions about vaccinations:
What shots does my child need?
Doctors recommend that pre-teens (ages 11 and 12) need these important shots:
- Tdap boost shot: This shot protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough
- MCV4 Shot: This shot protects against types of meningococcal diseases, including meningitis. Meningitis is a serious infection of the tissue around the brain and spinal cord
- 3 HPV shots: These shots protect against human papillomavirus (HPV.) HPV causes cervical cancer in women and genital warts and anal cancer in women and men.
- A flu shot every year!: The flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu.
Want to know what shots you may need? Click here and take a short quiz to get your answer!
What about cost?
Most health insurance plans cover the cost of vaccines, but you may want to check with your insurance provider before going to the doctor.
The affordable Care Act is a health insurance reform passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March 2010. This legislation requires new health plans to cover preventive services and eliminates cost sharing (co-pays and deductibles for certain services). Find out more information on whether you may be eligible for preventive services here.
How to get started:
Contact your primary care physician and set up an appointment to get your vaccinations updated. You can request an appointment at MUSC online or you can call a MUSC representative at (843)792-1414. If you are not a patient at MUSC and need to get immunized, your local drugstores often offer flu shots and other vaccinations listed above.
*Don’t worry! Sometimes after getting a vaccine, the imitation infection can cause some minor side affects. This may include fever or fatigue. These symptoms are normal and expected to help your body build immunity.