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VACCINATIONS

VACCINATIONS

A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe, its toxins, or one of its surface proteins.

We currently offer all three COVID-19 vaccinations:

  • Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson’s) and Influenza (flu)
  • Hepatitis A & B and more vaccines coming soon….

VACCINATIONS THAT ARE OFFERED:

1. Moderna & Booster (mRNA vaccine)/Pfizer-BioNTech & Booster (mRNA vaccine)

What You Need to Know

  • Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that will trigger an immune response inside our bodies.
  • Like all vaccines, mRNA vaccines benefit people who get vaccinated by giving them protection against diseases like COVID-19 without risking the potentially serious consequences of getting sick.
  • mRNA vaccines are newly available to the public. However, researchers have been studying and working with mRNA vaccines for decades.
  • CDC recommends that people who are starting their vaccine series or getting a booster dose get either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (mRNA COVID-19 vaccines). The mRNA vaccines are preferred over Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in most circumstances, but the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine may be considered in some situations.
  • The same COVID-19 mRNA vaccine product should be used for both doses of a two-dose primary series and for an additional primary dose, if needed. However, for a booster dose, the booster dose product does not need to match the product used for the primary series.
  • Learn more about getting your vaccine.

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are messenger RNA vaccines also called mRNA vaccines. mRNA vaccines are some of the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized and approved for use in the United States)

2. Janssen (Johnson & Johnson’s) & Booster (Viral Vector)

What You Need to Know

  • Viral vector vaccines use a modified version of a virus that is different from the virus being targeted to deliver important instructions to our cells. The modified version of the virus is called a vector virus.
  • Like all vaccines, viral vector vaccines benefit people who get vaccinated by giving them protection against diseases like COVID-19 without them having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick.
  • Learn more about getting your vaccine.

For more information, go to Different COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC.

3. Influenza (Flu)

What You Need to Know

  • Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.
  • Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications.
  • There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in people (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year.
  • The best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications is by getting vaccinated each year.