Urgent Care for Injections and Shots
Preventing illness is one of the best ways to avoid medical complications and reduce your out-of-pocket medical expenses. When you get recommended annual shots, you are protecting yourself and your family members from serious illnesses. If you already have an illness, getting a shot might be the best way to relieve your symptoms and help you get healthy. Shots must be administered properly, so visit our urgent care to see a trained professional with extensive experience giving vaccinations and other types of injections.
Medical professionals use injections to deliver liquid medications directly to the bloodstream. Approximately 95 percent of all injections are given to treat illnesses, so they are one of the most common procedures performed in the medical field. There are three main types of injections available at Physicians Now: intramuscular, intravenous and subcutaneous.
Intramuscular injections make it possible to deliver medications directly into muscle tissue. Antibiotics, steroid shots, pain medications, and some medications used to control nausea and vomiting are just a few examples of drugs that can be delivered via intramuscular injection.
It is important to visit a trained medical professional if you need this type of injection, especially if you are in need of a physical examination or other medical treatment.
Intravenous injections are one of the most effective ways to deliver medication into the body. When your health care provider decides to use this method, it’s to ensure you get the maximum benefit from the injection in the shortest possible time. Intravenous injections are usually used for patients with severe pain from a broken bone, burns by fire or hot liquids, or conditions that require steroids such as a severe asthma attack.
Subcutaneous injections are used to give lovenox, insulin and other medications. This type of shot is given just below the top two layers of the skin. Many subcutaneous injections are given in the lower side of the abdomen, the front of the thigh or outer portion of the upper arm, but they can also be given in the upper part of the buttock or just above the waistline. When you visit our urgent care center, one of our friendly staff members will determine the best injection site and cleanse the area thoroughly before administering the shot. Steps are also taken to minimize any discomfort and help you feel better as soon as possible.
Vaccinations vs. Immunizations
Some people use the terms vaccination and immunization interchangeably, but they are not quite the same thing. A vaccine contains a dead, weakened or live form of a bacteria, virus or molecule that is injected into the skin. This process is known as vaccination.
Immunization is the method used to fortify your immune system against a particular germ, which is called an immunogen. When your system is exposed to external molecules that are potentially harmful, it causes the system to respond to protect the body. The immunological memory remembers germs it has previously had controlled contact with, and adapts to protect itself against further exposure. By giving a vaccine that contains a germ your system learns to respond to protect you against the molecule, actively immunizing you against the illness it can cause.
At Physicians Now, we have vaccines for adults and children. Different shots are recommended for people of different ages, so ask one of our providers which vaccines are right for you based on your age and risk factors. These are just some of the vaccines available at our urgent care center:
If you plan to travel to a foreign country, you may need additional vaccinations to protect you against food or airborne illnesses or organisms found in contaminated drinking water. Our providers are very knowledgeable about required travel vaccines, so visit our urgent care to find out which shots you will need before your trip.
Convenience and Value
Our urgent care clinic is a convenient and affordable alternative to the emergency room, where you can spend hours waiting for someone to treat you. At Physicians Now, we understand the value of your time, so our staff members do everything possible to ensure you get treated quickly. Whether you need a vaccination or other type of injection, our team members will provide compassionate, competent care in a professional environment. If you are tired of being treated like a number, visit our urgent care center to get the care you need.