Immunizations in Chicago, IL
Occupational Health Immunizations
There are a number of vaccinations that are recommended or required for certain occupations. Premier Urgent Care provides immunizations for Hep A, Hep B, DTap, and the Flu. Our Occupational Health Services Center can also provide necessary testing, injury care, and other services to ensure a happy and healthy workforce.
As occupational medicine specialists and certified medical review officers, our physicians and support staff work very closely with employers, employees, and insurance companies every day and are familiar with typical job requirements, work environments, federal and state regulations, and the unique conditions in today’s marketplace.
The Hepatitis B vaccine is typically administered immediately after birth to protect individuals from all three forms of Hepatitis B, which are each a serious type of liver infection that can lead to permanent scarring.
Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Acellular Pertussis
Another combined immunization, the diphtheria, tetanus, & acellular pertussis (DTap) vaccination is able to protect individuals from all three diseases stated in its name. DTap is specially designed to be given to children under the age of 7. For individuals age 11 and up, there is another common vaccination called Tdap may be used to treat tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis. The Tdap vaccine may also be administered as a booster for a previous DTap injection.
Both diphtheria and acellular pertussis can lead to severe infection and complications of a patient’s respiratory system, making it difficult for them to breathe. Tetanus causes the muscles of the jaw to tighten uncontrollably and lock into place, resulting in the inability to open one’s mouth of even swallow.
Like hepatitis B, hepatitis A is an infectious disease that affects liver function. The primary difference between these two types of hepatitis is that hepatitis B is typically spread through blood-to-blood contact while hepatitis A is most often encountered due to consumption of contaminated food or water.
Another common condition, the flu can affect anyone but is particularly dangerous for young children, pregnant women, and adults over the age of 65. While receiving a seasonal flu shot will not guarantee immunization from every strain of the flu, it will protect you against common strains like influenza A and influenza B.