Immunizations & Vaccinations
Boulder's Trusted Local Vaccination Clinic
To protect you and your child from various diseases, one of the most effective ways is through immunization. Getting vaccinated equips the immune system with the knowledge to fight off common infections, viruses, and bacteria. When diseases like rubella, rabies, and whooping cough infect a person, the body needs to respond properly and prevent any complications from happening.
If you’re looking for a vaccination clinic that can provide immunization shots for an array of diseases, Crossroads Medical Center is here to help.
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What’s the Difference Between Immunizations & Vaccinations?
Today, “immunization” and “vaccine” are used interchangeably to mean any type of shot that stimulates the body’s immune system against a specific type of disease. However, there is a difference between the two terms.
Immunization — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — is the process of making a person partly or completely resistant to a particular infection through vaccination. On the other hand, a vaccine is a product that’s meant to create an immune response. There are many types of vaccines, from weakened forms of a virus to Messenger RNA (mRNA), but they all work to make the immune system “familiar” with a specific disease.
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A Preventative Measure
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Types of Vaccines Offered at Crossroads Medical Center
Some types of vaccines can protect you your entire life, so you typically get them once during your childhood and never need them again. On the other hand, there are ones whose effects can wear off after a few years. You’ll need to get another dose or booster shots to rebuild your immunity and prevent the spread of infection.
These are the type of vaccines that you need to get multiple times throughout your life:
- Seasonal Influenza Vaccine: Get protected against influenza by getting your yearly flu shot. This vaccine is especially recommended for people with underlying chronic issues, senior citizens, and pregnant women.
- Td Vaccine: Your immunity against tetanus and diphtheria weakens every decade or so. To boost your immune system against these diseases, make sure to get booster shots every 10 years.
- Rabies: If you’re traveling to another place or got bitten by a pet or unfamiliar animal, you need to get rabies shots to prevent the disease from spreading to your brain and causing lethal effects.
Vaccines for Children and Adolescents
Newborns, toddlers, and adolescents must also get vaccines to gain long-term immunity from the following diseases:
- Hepatitis A and B: Hepatitis is an infection in the liver, with Hepatitis A coming from contaminated food and Hepatitis B transmitted through blood and other bodily fluids.
- HPV: Human papillomavirus or HPV causes genital warts and even cancers in the reproductive system. Kids as young as nine can get HPV vaccines to mount immunity from the virus.
- Polio: Polio is a nervous system disorder that’s almost completely eradicated. However, newborns still need polio vaccines to prevent infections.
- Measles, Mumps, and Rubella: These three viral and highly contagious infections can be prevented by giving children the MMR vaccine.
- Chicken Pox: This disease is common in children, causing the telltale rashes that occur all over the body. To gain immunity from the disease, children need to get their varicella-zoster virus vaccine.
Since the virus that caused the recent pandemic is still evolving into variants, getting your booster shot is needed to maintain your immunity and prevent serious illness. If needed, we can provide COVID-19 testing at Crossroads Medical Center. However, we do not offer COVID-19 vaccines at our clinic since those are still managed by the public health department.
Contact the Boulder County Public Health website or office for more information.