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Immunizations are a fact of life for everyone. Whether vaccinating your child per the guidelines of the Dallas Independent School District or being immunized for employment or travel purposes, there are many reasons to seek vaccinations. Today, vaccines are available for many preventable diseases or can reduce the risk of contracting them. They protect people from serious diseases such as polio, yellow fever, malaria, dengue fever, and others.

Our services include the flu shot, which is recommended for everyone annually. We also offer vaccinations for meningitis, pneumonia, and shingles, among many others. They are just part of our extensive range of preventative healthcare services, as we’re committed to helping people avoid illnesses, as much as treating them, and live long, healthy lives.

What Is an Immunization?

A shot is something most people would rather avoid. Although it may hurt slightly, it can be very beneficial. The vaccine introduces specific germs, or parts of them, into the body; the individual pathogens have either been killed or significantly weakened. Once in the bloodstream, the immune system develops antibodies to these germs and is then able to fight them off if exposure occurs in the future. A person doesn’t have to get a disease to develop an immunity to it.

Students in Dallas are required to be immunized against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, and more. They’re also required to follow a schedule, from birth through 18 years, issued by the CDC, local school district, and the Texas Department of State Health Services. However, contrary to what many believe, vaccines aren’t just for children. As a leading immunization provider, we provide the following for adults:

  • Flu: A contagious respiratory virus spread when people cough, sn eeze or talk or touch contaminated surfaces. Individuals are contagious a day before symptoms and appear and for up to seven days after they become sick.
  • Meningitis: An inflammation of tissue around the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial or viral, the illness is spread in many ways and poses the greatest risk to children under five, older adults, people whose spleen has been removed, and those most likely to come in contact with the germs.
  • Pneumonia: Caused by bacteria and fungi, this lung infection can occur in anyone, and there are many risk factors. A vaccination can protect a person against causal bacteria, viruses, and other infectious agents.
  • Shingles: It is caused by the herpes zoster virus, which remains in the body after a person had chicken pox. Remaining inactive in nerve cells, it can become active again many years later. Skin rashes, blisters, pain, fever, and chills usually subside in a few weeks, but prevention is possible.
  • Tetanus: A shot can prevent this fatal disease that attacks the central nervous system. The disease is caused by a poison created by bacteria, which enter open wounds. These bacteria are found in soil, manure, and even the human intestine.

Contact Baylor Scott & White MedProvider today for the latest shots. Our immunization clinic requires no appointment if you are already an established patient or you can make an appointment based on your schedule. Our immunization clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and is located at 3417 Gaston Avenue, Suite 1000 & 1100, Dallas, TX, 75246. Call (469) 701-9075 for more details.