Immunizations and Vaccinations
Alaska Urgent Care provides immunizations to adults and children to prevent many diseases. All immunizations are available in either of our clinics; patients do not need to make an appointment – just come in and see us!
We provide the following immunizations:
- DTaP protects against diptheria (severe infection of the throat and respiratory tract), tetanus (or “lockjaw,” a serious neurological disorder that may occur from a contaminated wound) and pertussis (whooping cough).
- Polio protects against polio (a virus that attacks the spinal nerves, causing paralysis).
- MMR protects against measles, mumps and rubella (German measles) (viral infections characterized by rashes, fever, and potentially serious side effects such as heart damage, pneumonia, infertility and birth defects when pregnant women are infected)
- Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease spread from person to person or sometimes by eating food or drinking water contaminated with hepatitis A virus. Large hepatitis A outbreaks occur in Alaska every 7-10 years. Children under age 15 are most affected. There have been over 3,000 cases and at least 4 deaths in Alaska in the past decade.
- Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease spread through contact with the blood or body fluids of a person infected with the virus. In about 10% of infected persons, the disease can lead to cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver failure, liver cancer, or death.
- Hib disease is a serious illness spread from person to person, often by people who don’t know they carry the bacteria. Before the vaccine was available, hib was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children under 5 years of age and caused about 2 deaths per year in Alaska.
- Varicella (chickenpox) is a common childhood disease easily spread from person to person and through airborne droplets. Annually, varicella causes about 12,000 hospitalizations and 100 deaths in the U.S. In 1997, an Alaska child died from chickenpox complications.