Keeping COVID & Other Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Out of Our Community
Need a COVID-19 test or vaccine? Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19? Heartland has a dedicated clinic for all COVID-19 related prevention, testing, and treatment needs.
Lawrence and Douglas County Kansas are continuing to see new coronavirus cases. You can use this tool to monitor the latest in local COVID-19 data and updates.
If you have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19, or believe you have been exposed to the virus, contact our office immediately:
- Fever or Chills
- Shortness of Breath
- Muscle or Body Aches
- New Loss of Taste or Smell
- Sore Throat
- Vomiting or Diarrhea
Schedule Your Vaccine Today
Our Heartland COVID-19 Clinic can see patients for their first series of vaccinations and also for the CDC recommended booster 5-6 months after receiving the initial vaccine. More information from the CDC on COVID-19 vaccines.
The CDC is now recommending adults receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine 5-6 months after the initial vaccine series. The CDC has also approved a second COVID-19 booster for people age 50 and older that can be given 4 months after a first booster.
Less Quarantine Time. More Family Time.
The evidence is clear. If you are exposed to COVID-19 but have your booster, you can see your family and enjoy life right away. If you’re not vaccinated , or not boosted, you must quarantine.
If you are exposed to COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated and have your booster:
- Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
- Test on day 5, if possible.
If you are unvaccinated or completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
- Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
- If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
- Test on day 5 if possible.
Why You Need A Booster
According to the Centers for Disease Control, data from clinical trials showed that a booster shot increased the immune response in trial participants who finished a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna primary series 6 months earlier or who received a J&J/Janssen single-dose vaccine 2 months earlier.
With an increased immune response, people should have improved protection against getting infected with COVID-19. For Pfizer-BioNTech and J&J/Janssen, clinical trials also showed that a booster shot helped prevent severe disease.
Prevent Other Diseases with Adult Immunizations
Immunizations are not just for children. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to your age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions.
All adults need immunizations to help them prevent getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, missed work, medical bills, and not being able to care for family.
- All adults need a seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine every year. Flu vaccine is especially important for people with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, and older adults.
- Every adult should get a Tdap vaccine once if they did not receive it as an adolescent to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and then a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) or Tdap booster shot every 10 years. In addition, women should get the Tdap vaccine each time they are pregnant, preferably at 27 through 36 weeks.
In addition to seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine and Td or Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), you should also get HPV vaccine, which protects against the types of human papillomaviruses (HPV) that cause most cervical, anal, and other cancers, as well as genital warts. CDC recommends:
- HPV vaccination for all preteens at age 11 or 12 years (can be given starting at age 9 years).
- HPV vaccination for everyone through age 26 years, if not vaccinated already.
The hepatitis B vaccine is also recommended for all adults age 19 through 59 years. The vaccine provides protection from hepatitis B which can cause serious health problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death.
Vaccines for Adults Age 50 and Older
Almost 1 in 3 people in the United States will develop shingles in their lifetime. Your risk of shingles increases as you grow older. Additionally, over 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older.
As we get older, our immune systems tend to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk for certain diseases. This is why, in addition to seasonal flu (influenza) vaccine and Td or Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), you should also get:
- Shingles vaccine, which protects against shingles and the complications from the disease (recommended for healthy adults 50 years and older)
- Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23), which protects against serious pneumococcal disease, including meningitis and bloodstream infections (recommended for all adults 65 years or older, and for adults younger than 65 years who have certain health conditions)
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), which protects against serious pneumococcal disease and pneumonia (recommended for all adults with a condition that weakens the immune system, cerebrospinal fluid leak, or cochlear implant)
Adults 65 years or older who have never received a dose of PCV13 and do not have one of the conditions described above may also discuss vaccination with their vaccine provider to decide if PCV13 is appropriate for them.
In addition, the hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for all adults age 19 through 59 years, and adults age 60 years or older with risk factors for hepatitis B infection. Adults aged 60 years or older without any known risk factors for hepatitis B infection may get the hepatitis B vaccine. The vaccine provides protection from hepatitis B which can cause serious health problems, including liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death.
Welcoming All Who Need Care
Heartland accepts all patients regardless of income or insurance status.
WE EXIST TO:
Provide quality and compassionate health care to all people – focusing on integrated, patient-centered care for all. We seek to expand access to health care, promote healthy lifestyles and build healthy communities.
Heartland Community Health Center offers primary care, dental, mental and behavioral health services to people of all ages. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances. Heartland also offers a sliding-fee scale, so everyone can have access to quality, affordable health care.