Receive Your DTaP Vaccine at StarMed Family & Urgent Care in Charlotte, NC
If you are due to receive a DTaP vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), you don’t have to wait days for an appointment at a primary center that closes at 5 p.m. sharp. Instead, you can simply visit StarMed Family & Urgent Care at your convenience. We are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., which means you can receive the care you need after work, during weekend errands, or another time that’s convenient for you.
What is a DTaP vaccine?
A DTaP vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, which are serious bacterial diseases. It is a safer alternative to outdated DTP vaccines, which are no longer administered in the United States. Here’s a brief overview of each condition:
- Diphtheria is passed from person to person. Symptoms of this infection include a thick covering in the back of the throat. It may eventually cause breathing difficulties, paralysis, and heart failure.
- Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, can be contracted through a wound or cut and causes painful muscle tightening throughout the body. It is fatal in about 20 percent of cases.
- Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, triggers violent coughing spells in infants. If left untreated, it can cause seizures, pneumonia, brain damage, and even death.
There are some minor risks associated with the DTaP vaccine, but leaving yourself vulnerable to these conditions is a substantially more dangerous option.
Do I need to be vaccinated?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that most children receive five doses of the DTaP vaccine between birth and age 6. Adults require a slightly different version of the DTaP vaccine (Tdap or Td).
The experienced professionals at StarMed Family & Urgent Care in Charlotte can determine if you or your child is due for a DTaP vaccine and answer any questions you may have. Our goal is to help you make informed decisions about your care and keep your family healthy and happy. Contact us today to learn more.MAKE AN APPOINTMENT