Vaccinations and immunizations are vital in preventative care and maintaining one’s health. By establishing care with your Sound Family Medicine primary care provider, we will ensure we review your immunization needs.
You can also access your Washington State immunization records for yourself and our family. Registration is quick and easy. You can learn more at wa.myir.net.
For children, Washington State purchases and provides our clinics vaccines for your convenience. We provide these for all children according to care guidelines and regardless of ability to pay.
Those entering kindergarten are also in need for immunization review, and children with asthma or severe allergies must also have a signed emergency plan on file with the school. We can help. View a schedule of childhood immunizations here.
Immunization recommendations have changed for school age children and teenagers, and your Sound Family Medicine provider can help keep your child up-to-date. View a schedule of adolescent immunizations here.
Adult vaccines can be obtained in Washington State directly through your pharmacy without a prescription. Flu shots, pneumonia vaccines, tetanus boosters, and, for some insurances, shingles vaccines can be given at our clinics as well.
An annual seasonal flu vaccine as the first and most important step in prevention. The vaccine can protect you from getting sick or it can make your illness milder, if you do come down with the flu. We typically begin offering flu vaccines at the beginning of September.
The CDC recommends that everyone age 6 months and older be vaccinated; however, it is especially important that the following at-risk groups be vaccinated:
- Children aged 6 months through 4 years
- Pregnant women
- Adults 50 years of age and older
- Adults who are morbidly obese
- Adults of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
- Adults who are American Indians or Alaska Natives
- Adults who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
- Adults who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu, including: health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu and household contacts and out of home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age
We offer other vaccines such as Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td) booster shots, Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine, HPV vaccine, Shingles vaccine, and Pneumonia vaccine. Our providers will partner with you and provide information with these vaccinations. For more information, please view “Frequently Asked Questions” below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Flu season is typically from November to March annually. We typically offer this vaccine at the beginning of September. We will post an announcement on our website, social media profiles, and patient email newsletter when we have them in stock. You may also call us at 253-848-5951 if you would like to verify.
No, you do not need to make an appointment. You may walk in to any of our locations when we have the flu shot in stock.
The Pneumovax vaccine is recommended for adults age 65 and older, and younger adults with asthma, chronic lung disease, and many other chronic illnesses.
All adults over 65 years old need the one-time pneumovax vaccine. An additional pneumonia vaccine, Prevnar, should be used for adults over 65. If you have not had the Pneumovax yet, Prevnar should be given first. Your Sound Family Medicine provider and care team can help you with this.
The Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine is very effective at protecting people against these diseases, according to the CDC. As of July 28, 2019, Washington state requires all public and private school students, and children in childcare to receive this vaccine. Childcare employees and volunteers are required to get this vaccine as well. Per Washington state, medical and religious exemptions are still allowed, however personal and philosophical exemptions are not.
The child MMR vaccine is available at all of our clinics. Please call us to schedule an appointment to have your child vaccinated.
The CDC recommends all children receive two doses of this vaccine. Those who receive two doses of the MMR vaccine as a child are considered protected for life and do not need a booster dose according to the US vaccination schedule.
The first dose is typically administered between 12 to 15 months old, and the second dose between 4 to 6 years old. Children can receive the second dose earlier as long as it is 28 days after the first dose.
The T-DaP vaccine is to protect yourself from Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis (whooping cough). Getting this booster not only prevents tetanus and diptheria but reduces your risk for contracting whooping cough and passing this bacteria onto babies and elderly persons, which can be high risk and lethal for them.
You should get the T-DaP vaccine
- Every 10 years as an adult
- If you’re pregnant and expecting a new baby
- If you’re an expectant parent, before your baby is born
- If you’re a caretaker or with close contact to newborns and elderly persons
Please call us at for an appointment to receive this vaccine.
HPV vaccines are to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and HPV-related diseases. This vaccine has been shown to protect against most cervical cancers and is most effective if administered prior to engaging in sexual activity.
HPV are given as three shots. It is also recommended for teen boys and men up to age 21. Please contact us for an appointment to receive this vaccine.