HCM encourages adults 50-plus to get vaccinated

On the heels of back-to-school vaccines for children, the Hill Country Memorial Medical Group’s family medicine and internal medicine physicians in Fredericksburg remind the community that adults need regular vaccines, too.

The HCM Medical Group encourages adults aged 50 and older to get vaccinated against common but potentially dangerous infectious diseases like pneumonia, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The HCM Medical Clinic in Fredericksburg offers the following vaccines for established patients by appointment:

• Pneumovax 23 and Prevnar 13 for pneumococcal diseases.

• Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis).

• Tetanus.

Physicians Dr. Pam Cantu, Dr. Felice Howard and Dr. Nancy Thompson, formerly of Pedernales Medical Group and now with the HCM Medical Group, offer the following vaccines for established patients by appointment:

• Pneumovax 23 and Prevnar 13 for pneumococcal diseases.

• Shingrix for shingles.

• Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis).

• Tetanus.

• Hepatitis A and B.

• MMR (measles, mumps and rubella).

Individuals who need vaccines but do not have a primary care provider can establish such care by scheduling an appointment.

Adults should ask their health care provider if they need a tetanus or Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine based on the date of their last vaccine.

Individuals with health insurance through Medicare should contact their Medicare drug plan for more information about coverage of the tetanus vaccine.

Additionally, adults should plan now to get a flu vaccine every year in September or October before the peak of flu season.

The HCM Medical Group recommends that everyone regularly discuss their current medical conditions, immunization recommendations and options, and how frequently to get certain vaccines with their health care provider.

The HCM Medical Clinics in Fredericksburg are located at 205 W. Windcrest, Suite 130 and Suite 310.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 844-362-7426 or visit hcmmedicalgroup.com.

The CDC offers an interactive quiz at www2.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched that recommends vaccines based on one’s answers to discuss with a health care provider.

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