Immunization & Vaccines Specialist

Munoz Urgent Care

Family Medicine & Urgent Care located in Anaheim, CA

Immunizations and vaccines are important for maintaining optimal health for you, as well as your child. If you’re due for shots or boosters or don’t know which ones you may need, schedule an exam with Joseph Munoz, MD, and the team of family specialists at Munoz Urgent Care. Book your immunization and vaccine physical at this Anaheim, California, clinic by requesting an appointment online, or by calling the office directly.

Immunization & Vaccines Q & A

Why do I need immunizations?

Immunization is a process where your body is made immune to an infectious disease. Usually, this is done through a vaccine that’s designed to stimulate your immune system against a specific invader. While all children and adults need to be immunized to prevent serious and sometimes life-threatening illnesses, it’s particularly important to get your shots if you:

  • Are traveling overseas
  • Have a weakened immune system
  • Work in a field where you’re exposed to infectious diseases, like as a nurse

You may also need a tetanus shot if you had a piercing injury that was caused by a dirty dull or sharp object. For instance, if you slice your thumb with a kitchen knife and you don’t remember the last time you had a tetanus shot, it might be time to get one.

It’s also important for children and seniors to get immunized since their immune systems generally aren’t strong enough to fight off organisms that lead to serious diseases.

Which vaccines do I need?

The vaccines you need depends on your age, as well as your overall health. From birth to adulthood, it’s important to be up-to-date on the following immunizations:

  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Rotavirus vaccine
  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Meningococcal and pneumococcal vaccines
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP)

You should have had most of these vaccines throughout your childhood — many schools or sports programs require them.

Do I need a flu shot every year?

Yes! It’s a common misconception that it’s okay to skip your flu shot because you’re generally healthy, or because you had one last year. The flu strain changes each season, so you’re going to need an updated flu shot.

While the team at Munoz Urgent Care recommends that everyone gets an annual flu shot, it’s especially important for children and older adults. To help ensure you’re able to receive your annual flu shot, Dr. Munoz and his team offer same-day and walk-in visits, so you don’t have to skip your flu shot this season.

Learn more about which immunizations and vaccines you may need by booking an appointment at Munoz Urgent Care. Schedule online or over the phone.