Boulware Medical Clinic
Internists & Primary Care Physicians located in Liberty, MO
Vaccine recommendations begin at birth, but they don’t stop once you’re an adult. Adults need a variety of immunizations, depending on age, overall health, and risk factors. Dr. William T. Boulware and Dr. Robert J. Boulware at Boulware Medical Clinic in Liberty, Missouri provide the vaccines you need, from annual flu shots to immunizations to protect you from shingles and pneumonia. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to be sure you’re up-to-date with vaccines and protected from contagious disease.
Vaccines Q & A
Why are immunizations important?
Vaccines serve one essential goal: to protect you, your family, and friends from catching a contagious disease such as the measles or flu. When vaccinations are injected, your body produces antibodies against a disease or infection. Then the antibodies give you immunity by protecting you from the illness.
It’s important to get immunized because many contagious diseases can cause serious complications. For example, one out of 20 children who catch measles develop pneumonia and 1-2 out of every 1,000 children die. Adults who get measles can develop life-threatening pneumonia, brain inflammation, and middle-ear infections, and the risk of death is higher for adults than children.
What immunizations do children need?
The recommended immunizations for children begin at birth and follow a specific schedule through the age of 18 years. Children should receive immunization to protect them from:
- Hepatitis A and B
- Pneumococcal disease
- Whooping cough
What immunizations do adults need?
Many adults think that only children need regular immunizations, but that’s not the case. Adults often need vaccinations for the following reasons:
- Adults are at risk for different diseases
- Women who may become pregnant (measles can cause birth defects)
- Immunity from childhood vaccinations can wear off
- Vaccine formulas may have changed since your childhood vaccination
- New vaccines may be developed that weren’t available during your childhood
Dr. Boulware reviews your immunization history and lets you know which ones are recommended based on your age and overall health. Adults may need immunizations to protect against:
- Seasonal influenza
- Shingles – adults over 60 years
- Pneumococcal – adults aged 65 and older or who are at high risk for pneumonia
- Hepatitis B – adults with diabetes or who are high risk
- Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) – all adults who never got this vaccine
- Human papillomavirus
- Hepatitis A
- Meningococcal disease
- Measles, mumps, rubella
What vaccinations are required before I travel?
If you plan to travel outside the United States you need to get specific vaccinations, but the shots you need depends on which countries you plan to visit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continuously revise their recommendations for travel vaccinations, so contact Dr. Boulware for an appointment to learn which ones you need.
Major Insurance Plans Accepted
At Boulware Medical Clinic, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here. We do not accept insurance for cosmetic procedures at Beautification by Boulware