Protect Your Health, Protect the Community
Vaccines save lives by preventing the spread of contagious diseases. Vaccinations are available at Convenient Care in Owensboro and MultiCare Madisonville.
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis A and B
- Hepatitis B
- HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)
- Influenza (Flu)
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- Meningitis-Available from high school age and up
- Tetanus/Diptheria (Td)–Available from 12 years and up
These vaccines are special order – please call ahead to ensure availability.
Gary Wilson, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at Owensboro Health, weighs in on the topic, addressing some common myths about vaccinations.
Myth 1: It is no longer necessary to get vaccines for diseases such as diptheria and measles, which are virutally eliminated.
Truth: While vaccine-preventable diseases have drastically decreased in the United States, some are prevalent, or even epidemic, in other parts of the world. Vaccinations are necessary to protect against the small number of people who cannot be vaccinated or whose immune systems do not respond to vaccines.
Myth 2: The chickenpox won't hurt my children, so they don’t need to be vaccinated.
Truth: Prior to 1995, when the varicella (chickenpox) vaccine was licensed, the disease resulted in 11,000 hospitalizations and 100 deaths annually. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that varicella is the greatest vaccine-preventable killer of U.S. children. Also, children protected from chickenpox are also protected from painful outbreaks of shingles as adults.
Myth 3: Vaccinations are only for children.
Truth: Adults can benefit from many immunizations. Vaccines can protect against pneumonia, tetanus (recommended every 5-10 years), Hepatitis B, shingles, and even cervical cancer. Also, getting a flu shot can help prevent catching or spreading the flu, which causes 36,000 U.S. deaths, mostly among senior, and 114,000 hospitalizations annually. Flu season often lasts well into the spring, so get vaccinated now to be protected the rest of the season.
Myth 4: Whooping cough is a thing of the past.
Truth: Pertussis (whoo
pping cough) is still a problem. Rapid, repeated coughing pulls all the air out of the lungs can bring about serious complications and can even be fatal. This infectious illness is showing up in teens and adults who aren't immunized as children, or whose immunity has worn off. Get yourself and your children vaccinated on scheduled.
- With the exception of Medicare patients, all vaccinations are self-pay.
- Payment is due at the time of service.
- Please note that vaccinations (with the exception of Tetanus and Meningitis) are available to healthy adults, 18 and older.
To receive a vaccine or to learn more about our services, please contact us at:
Convenient Care-HealthPark Campus
2211 Mayfair Avenue, Suite 101
Owensboro, KY 42301
444 South Main Street
Madisonville, KY 42431
Have questions about specific vaccines or preventable diseases?
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccines and Immunizations.