Immunizations & Vaccinations Specialist

Abilene Family Medical Associates

Family Medicine Physicians located in Abilene, Texas

Immunizations like flu shots and shingles shots are very important when it comes to maintaining the health of you and your family at every age. The experienced and trustworthy team at Abilene Family Medical Associates in Abilene, Texas, are here to recommend the right immunizations for you and your children. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today if you or a family member needs immunizations.

Immunizations & Vaccinations Q & A

Who needs a flu shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months old and up get a yearly flu shot. Your Abilene Family Medical Associates care provider can administer the flu shot in a quick and easy appointment.

Who is at increased risk for flu complications?

The flu can have serious health consequences, and can even be deadly for those in high-risk groups. If you're in one of the following groups, it's especially important to have your annual flu vaccination:

  • Children 5 and younger
  • Adults 65 and older
  • Pregnant women
  • Nursing home residents
  • Morbidly obese

It’s also important to get a flu shot if you suffer from any of the following:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Neurological condition
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for flu complications so you can protect yourself as fully as possible.

What are shingles?

Shingles are a second occurrence of the chickenpox virus. Often, shingles develop decades after chickenpox, and most sufferers are older adults.

If you have shingles, it can cause red, itchy, and painful blisters that usually originate on your chest, back, and face. Shingles can spread to the rest of the body, but are usually confined to only one side.

Shingles immunizations are recommended for the most at-risk group, which is adults age 60 and older. Your doctor can administer the shingles immunization on-site in one quick appointment.

When does my child need immunizations?

Abilene Family Medical Associates sees children starting at age 5. Your child's doctor reviews their medical records to determine which specific immunizations they've already had, what they need now, and what they'll need in the future.

By age 5, your child has usually gotten most of their immunizations, but they may need catch-up immunizations in some cases. All children need yearly flu immunizations, just as all adults do.

Do adults need new immunizations?

Aside from the flu immunization every year, you may need other immunizations based on your health, your immunization history, and your age. To help your doctor plan your immunizations, request that your medical records be forwarded to Abilene Family Medical Associates as soon as possible.

Schedule an appointment to get your immunizations at Abilene Family Medical Associates by calling the office or using the convenient online booking option.