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6805 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 722076805 Cantrell Rd
Open until 6:00 pm
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4.81(6k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, Little Rock - 6805 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock
Came in it was so easy and fast from the receptionist, nurse and dr. Would love her to be my new PCP.

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11402 W Markham St, Little Rock, AR 7221111402 W Markham St
Open until 7:00 pm
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  • Sat12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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4.77(1.8k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, Little Rock (W. Markham St.) - 11402 W Markham St
Fantastic experience. Booked an appointment online. Was able to get in, be seen, treated and out the door in half an hour. Everyone was very polite!

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14524 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 7222314524 Cantrell Rd
Open until 6:00 pm
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4.85(4.5k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, Little Rock (West) - 14524 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock
Once I got back to the room, it was fast. The doctor was carrying and understanding with me!

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3550 Springhill Dr, North Little Rock, AR 721173550 Springhill Dr
Open until 6:00 pm
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4.82(6.4k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, N. Little Rock - 3550 Springhill Dr, North Little Rock
I was a first time patient. Nurse and Nurse Practitioner were very nice and professional. Extremely knowledgeable about my situation and provided excellent care.

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123 Audubon Dr, Maumelle, AR 72113123 Audubon Dr
Open until 6:00 pm
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4.87(5.3k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, Maumelle - 123 Audubon Dr, Maumelle
APRN Dionne was thorough & professional. Her explanations were clear & to the point. Nurse was very professional.

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1813 T P White Dr, Jacksonville, AR 720761813 T P White Dr
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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4.78(5k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, Jacksonville - 1813 T P White Dr, Jacksonville
I really appreciate the kindness and being able to book online for a short wait. Thank you.

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304 Commonwealth Dr., Bryant, AR 72022304 Commonwealth Dr.
Open until 6:00 pm
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  • Sun 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
4.81(5.6k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, Bryant - 304 Commonwealth Dr., Bryant
Friendly staff that resolved my issue. Check in was simple. Walk in. Good bedside manner. Don’t know the cost. I would recommend. 1.25 hours.

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824 Military Rd, Benton, AR 72015824 Military Rd
Open until 6:00 pm
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4.89(5.3k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, Benton - 824 Military Rd, Benton
Had to wait a while but it wasn’t their fault. The front desk lady is so professional and nice. Kortney is always great and listens to concerns!

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402 W Main St, Cabot, AR 72023402 W Main St
Open until 6:00 pm
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4.81(5.4k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, Cabot - 402 W Main St, Cabot
Beth and the other girls are great !!!

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1306 N Center St, Lonoke, AR 720861306 N Center St
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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4.85(2.8k reviews)
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Sherwood Urgent Care, Lonoke - 1306 N Center St, Lonoke
Very friendly staff and very knowledgeable. Was in and out in less than 30 minutes!

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222 Dave Ward Dr, Conway, AR 72113222 Dave Ward Dr
Open until 6:00 pm
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4.8(4.5k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, Conway - 222 Dave Ward Dr, Conway
I had been experiencing dizziness. Very friendly, considerate, timely, could not ask for better service

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1065 Skyline Dr, Conway, AR 720321065 Skyline Dr
Open until 6:00 pm
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4.82(3.9k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, Conway (North) - 1065 Skyline Dr, Conway
Good overall . Many people were seen while I waited but the atmosphere was peace and calm ! I will go there again . I recommended it just now to a family member .

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2069 W Center St, Beebe, AR 720122069 W Center St
Open until 6:00 pm
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4.91(3.2k reviews)
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Baptist Health Urgent Care, Beebe - 2069 W Center St
Wonderful staff always take great care of my family

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802 N University Ave, Little Rock, AR 72205802 N University Ave
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3470 Landers Rd, North Little Rock, AR 721173470 Landers Rd
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Concentra Urgent Care, North Little Rock - 3470 Landers Rd, North Little Rock
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5505 John F Kennedy Blvd, North Little Rock, AR 721165505 John F Kennedy Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
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1.0(3 reviews)
MedExpress Urgent Care, North Little Rock - 5505 John F Kennedy Blvd, North Little Rock
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9601 Baptist Health Dr, Little Rock, AR 722059601 Baptist Health Dr
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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1.0(3 reviews)
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11524 N Rodney Parham Rd, Little Rock, AR 7221211524 N Rodney Parham Rd
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4.5(15 reviews)
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1554 Country Club Rd, Sherwood, AR 721201554 Country Club Rd
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HealthCARE Express, Sherwood Urgent Care - 1554 Country Club Rd
Receptionist needs to be friendlier and kinder.
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12300 Chenal Pkwy, Little Rock, AR 7221112300 Chenal Pkwy
Open until 8:00 pm
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3.04(12 reviews)
MedExpress Urgent Care, Little Rock - 12300 Chenal Pkwy, Little Rock
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10101 Mabelvale Plaza Dr, Little Rock, AR 7220910101 Mabelvale Plaza Dr
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Concentra Urgent Care, Little Rock Southwest - 10101 Mabelvale Plaza Dr, Little Rock
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11819 Maumelle Blvd, North Little Rock, AR 7211311819 Maumelle Blvd
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4.84(1.9k reviews)
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HealthCARE Express, Maumelle Urgent Care - 11819 Maumelle Blvd, North Little Rock
I went to the clinic hoping to get some prescription meds for my nasty head cold. Although I was glad to be swabbed for Covid, flu (and something else), I left with the advice of drinking plenty of fluids and taking either Tylenol, or ibuprofen. I was somewhat disappointed as I had hoped for quicker way to get over the illness.
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11819 Maumelle Blvd, North Little Rock, AR 7211311819 Maumelle Blvd
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19301 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock, AR 7222319301 Cantrell Rd
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Walmart Pharmacy, Supercenter - 19301 Cantrell Rd, Little Rock
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401 N 1st St, Jacksonville, AR 72076401 N 1st St
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400 Bryant Ave, Bryant, AR 72022400 Bryant Ave
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Walmart Pharmacy, Supercenter - 400 Bryant Ave, Bryant
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3121 N Reynolds Rd, Bryant, AR 720223121 N Reynolds Rd
2.0(1 reviews)
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23150 I-30, Bryant, AR 7202223150 I-30
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HealthCARE Express, Bryant Urgent Care - 23150 I-30
Tried to do the paperwork on line got down to the insurance info and it wouldn’t proceed
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1501 Military Rd, Benton, AR 720151501 Military Rd
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5.0(1 reviews)
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MedExpress Urgent Care, Benton - 1501 Military Rd, Benton
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1850 W Main St, Cabot, AR 720231850 W Main St
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MedExpress Urgent Care, Cabot - 1850 W Main St, Cabot
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805 E Oak St, Conway, AR 72032805 E Oak St
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1.8(5 reviews)
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MedExpress Urgent Care, Conway - 805 E Oak St, Conway
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1014 Harkrider St, Conway, AR 720321014 Harkrider St
5.0(1 reviews)
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I have been here as a patient,and as a walk in. They are always kind, professional, and quick. X-ray on site, which I needed. Didn't have to go somewhere else and was done in an hour or so. Great place. I have switched my entire family to Primecare as our PCP.
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437 Denison St, Conway, AR 72034437 Denison St
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3.0(2 reviews)
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Friendly people with excellent service.
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605 Salem Rd, Conway, AR 72034605 Salem Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
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1.01(1 reviews)
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550 Club Ln, Conway, AR 72034550 Club Ln
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Shingles Vaccine FAQs

  • Who should get the shingles vaccine?

    The shingles vaccination is suggested for people aged 50 and up, as well as those aged 19 and up who have impaired immune systems owing to disease or medication. The Shingrix vaccine has no upper age limit, according to the CDC.

  • Who should not get the shingles vaccine?

    People who have shingles or are allergic to any of the vaccine's components should not obtain the shingles vaccine, according to the CDC. Pregnant women should avoid taking the shingles vaccine as well.

  • How well does the shingles vaccine work?

    According to the CDC, the shingles vaccination is 97 percent effective in preventing shingles in persons aged 50 to 69 with robust immune systems, and 91 percent effective in adults aged 70 and beyond. It goes on to say that the shingles vaccination is 68 percent to 91 percent effective at preventing shingles in persons with weaker immune systems. According to the CDC, the Shingrix vaccination is 91 percent effective in individuals 50 years and older, and 89 percent effective in adults 70 years and older in avoiding long-term nerve damage from shingles.

  • What are the possible side effects of the shingles vaccine?

    The shingles vaccine, according to the CDC, may produce negative effects. Soreness in the arm, fatigue, headache, fever, shivering, stomach pain, and nausea are some of the side effects. In extremely rare cases, it can also induce GBS.

  • How can I pay for the shingles vaccine?

    Your health insurance plan may pay the cost of the shingles vaccine. Check with your health insurance provider to see if the shingles vaccine is covered under your plan. According to the CDC, some pharmaceutical firms may cover the cost of the shingles vaccination for qualified people who cannot afford it, and that more information should be sought from GlaxoSmithKline, the vaccine's maker.

  • How often do you need to get the shingles vaccine?

    According to the CDC, those aged 50 and over only only two doses of the shingles vaccine, separated by two to six months. Adults aged 19 and above who have a compromised immune system should receive a second dose of the shingles vaccination one to two months following the first.

  • What happens if you don't get a second Shingrix shot?

    If you don't obtain a second Shingrix shot within the specified time frame, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. According to the CDC, if you wait more than six months to get your second dose of the shingles vaccination, you do not need to restart the vaccine series.

  • How long after the shingles vaccine are you contagious?

    Shingles is a contagious virus that exclusively affects those who have already had chickenpox, according to the CDC. Even if you've already had chickenpox, the CDC recommends obtaining the shingles vaccine.

  • Can you get shingles after being vaccinated?

    According to the CDC, the shingles vaccine is not 100 percent effective, therefore it is possible to have shingles after being vaccinated.

  • Where can I get the shingles vaccine in Arkansas?

    The shingles vaccination is available through your general care physician, as well as from an urgent care facility, walk-in clinic, or drugstore. Use Solv to identify top-rated shingles vaccine providers in your area and make a same-day or next-day appointment right on the website. When it comes to seeking quality health care for yourself and your loved ones, Solv gives you peace of mind.

Arkansas Shingles Vaccine

The shingles vaccination can lower your chances of developing shingles and its complications, such as long-term nerve pain. Knowing more about this vaccine and what it can do will assist you in making informed health decisions for yourself and your family.

About the shingles

The varicella-zoster virus causes shingles, which is a painful, blistering skin rash. The varicella-zoster virus is the same virus that causes chickenpox, according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

After you've had chickenpox, your body becomes dormant. The chickenpox virus can cause shingles if it reactivates, which normally happens several years later, according to the National Library of Medicine.

According to the National Library of Medicine, those aged 60 and up who had chickenpox before the age of 12 months are at the greatest risk of acquiring shingles. If your immune system has been impaired by sickness or drugs, you may be at greater risk for shingles.

Shingles Symptoms

The major symptom of shingles, according to the National Library of Medicine, is a painful skin rash that starts on the spine and wraps around to the front of the chest or abdomen. According to the National Library of Medicine, some persons may get rashes around their eyes, lips, and ears.

According to the National Library of Medicine, discomfort, tingling, and burning on one side of the body are common symptoms before rashes form. These feelings are followed by red skin patches and little blisters, which burst open to form small, dry, crusty sores. Shingles sores normally come off in two to three weeks and do not leave scars.

According to the National Library of Medicine, other shingles symptoms include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Malaise
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Drooping eyelid
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision problems
  • Taste problems

How to contract it

After you've had chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus reactivates in your body, causing shingles. You cannot catch shingles from someone else who has it, according to the CDC. You can, however, catch chickenpox from someone who has shingles, increasing your chances of having shingles later.

No one knows why the varicella-zoster virus unexpectedly becomes active again years later, according to the National Library of Medicine. Many people who had mild bouts of chickenpox are unaware they ever got the virus in the first place, according to the report.

What vaccines can help prevent shingles?

Shingles can be prevented with two doses of the Shingrix shingles vaccine. According to the CDC, the Shingrix vaccine can also lower your risk of shingles complications. This shingles shot is given in the upper arm and is more than 90% efficient in preventing shingles in persons 50 years and older with a healthy immune system, according to the company.

Should I get the shingles vaccine?

The shingles vaccination is recommended by the CDC for people 50 years and older, as well as those 19 years and older, who have impaired immune systems owing to disease or pharmaceutical therapy. It also advises getting the shingles vaccine if you've already had shingles and/or chickenpox, as well as if you've had another shingles vaccine called Zostavax, which is no longer available in the US.

What are the side effects?

According to the CDC, the shingles vaccine may cause transient adverse effects that interfere with your ability to do routine everyday activities for two to three days.

The following are some of the possible shingles vaccine side effects:

  • Sore arm with mild to moderate pain
  • Redness and swelling at the injection site
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Fever and chills
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea

Side effects are more likely in younger people, according to the CDC, and you may have a reaction to the shingles injection after both doses. If you have side effects after the shingles vaccine, it recommends taking over-the-counter pain relievers such ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

Guillain-Barré syndrome is another possible side effect of the shingles vaccine, according to the CDC (GBS). According to the National Library of Medicine, GBS is an uncommon but deadly disorder in which your immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system, which regulates the nerves in your brain and spinal cord.

Can I get a shingles vaccine if I’m younger than 50?

According to the CDC, if you are under 50 years old and have a weakened immune system due to disease or medications used to treat a disease, you should only get the shingles vaccine if you are at least 19 years old and have a weakened immune system due to disease or medications used to treat a disease. If you have any concerns, go to your health care provider.

Will Medicare or my health insurance pay for a shingles vaccine?

According to Medicare.gov, the shingles vaccine is covered by most Medicare prescription medication plans, such as Part D, but not by Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance) or Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance). Depending on the type of policy you have, your health insurance plan may or may not cover the shingles vaccine. Check with Medicare or your health insurance provider to see if the shingles vaccination is covered under your plan.

Sources

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  1. Shingles (February 4, 2022)
    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000858.htm
  2. Shingles (Herpes Zoster) Transmission (July 1, 2019)
    https://www.cdc.gov/shingles/about/transmission.html
  3. What Everyone Should Know about the Shingles Vaccine (Shingrix) (January 24, 2022)
    https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/shingrix/index.html
  4. Guillain-Barre Syndrome (November 26, 2021)
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