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Ladera Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Ladera Heights, Los Angeles, CA

Vaccinations help prevent dangerous and potentially deadly diseases. At Ladera Urgent Care in Los Angeles, California, the board-certified team provides complete immunization services to patients in the Ladera Heights area. Call the friendly Ladera Urgent Care office staff today or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment for your up-to-date vaccinations.

Vaccinations Q&A

What are vaccinations?

Vaccinations are perhaps the most effective way to dramatically reduce outbreaks of infectious diseases. They provide a modern medicine solution to protecting you from illness.

When you encounter viruses or bacteria (antigens), your body responds by producing antibodies that fight off these attackers. Once you have the antibodies, your body recognizes the antigens and becomes resistant to them.

A vaccine is an isolated, weakened or dead portion of the virus that’s injected into your body. Your immune system immediately builds a response to it, creating the antibodies to fight the virus.

Your body’s immune system is usually able to fight off diseases on its own without a vaccine. But some diseases are tougher than your immune system. They overwhelm your body before your immune system has time to fully react. That’s why vaccines are necessary. They ensure that your antibodies are working before you’re exposed to the disease.

What can vaccinations protect me from?

The Ladera Urgent Care team provides vaccinations to protect you and your family against:

  • Influenza (flu)
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Hib
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Rotavirus
  • Tetanus
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Your board-certified providers are highly educated on vaccines. Each vaccine also comes with written documentation so that you can be fully informed.

When should I have vaccinations?

Vaccinations begin as early as birth. This is when your body is busy building immunity. During the first month, vaccinations and booster shots are administered.

To better understand when you should get your vaccinations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a recommended vaccine schedule for guidance. 

Are vaccinations safe?

Though you’ve seen some redness and swelling at the site of your injection, vaccines are considered very safe. The side effects are mild and go away in a day or two.

To manage any discomfort, apply ice and use over-the-counter medications recommended by your provider as needed.

In some cases, you might have an allergic reaction. However, these instances are rare. If your side effects continue, call Ladera Urgent Care immediately.

Call the Ladera Urgent Care team today or book your visit online to learn more about vaccinations or schedule an appointment.