Urgent Care Services: Vaccinations for protection
The flu isn’t the only illness adults have to worry about at this time of year. According to the National Foundation of Infections Disease (NFID), about 1 million U.S. adults get pneumococcal pneumonia every year and as many as 7% die from these infections. Out of those deaths, it is estimated that 18,000 are adults age 65 and older. This is precisely why First Med Urgent care is discussing pneumonia vaccines for 65 year olds.
Pneumonia symptoms are a lot like flu symptoms. Some common symptoms of pneumonia are:
- cough and/or shortness of breath
- constant fever of 102 F and/or headache
- muscle pain
- fatigue and weakness
- shaking chills
- blueness of the lips
If caught early enough, an urgent care visit may be in order. If not, the following symptoms and factors usually require a trip to the hospital:
- rapid breathing
- drop in blood pressure
- breathing assistance via oxygen or other respiratory therapy
- prior heart failure
- pre-existing lung condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
In order to provide protection against pneumonia it is required for people who are 65 years or older to have two vaccines. The shots must be given at different times, because they induce an immune response in different ways. Generally, the pneumonia vaccines are given within 12 months of each other.
Note: First Med is a walk-in urgent care medical clinic that provides medical treatment to individuals, families and employers. We are open 7 days a week 8:00am – 7:30pm. No appointment is necessary to enjoy our convenient medical care, just walk in and receive prompt attention. We have a physician on staff to provide the highest level of care possible. First Med is for non-emergency medical problems. First Med urgent care can provide immunizations, but serious symptoms, as described above, for pneumonia in ages 65 and older should seek help at a hospital.