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10015 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, MO 6415310015 N Ambassador Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 7:45 am - 6:00 pm
4.37(7.6k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Ambassador - 10015 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City
When meeting with the provider she asked me, what is it that you want me to do for you? The admittance lady in the front was excellent! So very helpful and kind. I visited Nextcare October 7.

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1860 N Church Rd, Liberty, MO 640681860 N Church Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
4.39(5.4k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Liberty - 1860 N Church Rd, Liberty
I didn’t receive any discharge papers and I have stitches. Haven’t even received them via email. I suppose I’ll just clip the stitches out myself.

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2741 NE McBaine Dr, Lee's Summit, MO 640642741 NE McBaine Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
4.52(6.8k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Lee's Summit - 2741 NE McBaine Dr
I had a solid experience. Took 25 minutes after my scheduled appointment to see someone but when I did they were extremely helpful amd tentative to my needs. I would definitely go again if/when I get sick. Thanks a bunch!

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1100 N 4th St, Leavenworth, KS 660481100 N 4th St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
4.66(3.9k reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, Leavenworth - 1100 N 4th St
We’ve seen Dr Cory a couple times and he’s a good provider. Great bedside manner and I trust his judgment when it comes to my kids care.

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4741 S Arrowhead Dr, Independence, MO 640554741 S Arrowhead Dr
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
4.56(170 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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Urgent Care of Kansas City - 4741 S Arrowhead Dr, Independence
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4990 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 641194990 NE Vivion Rd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City - 4990 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City

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315 W 75th St, Kansas City, MO 64114315 W 75th St
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, W 75th St, Kansas City - 315 W 75th St, Kansas City

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5440 NW 64th St, Kansas City, MO 641515440 NW 64th St
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, NW 64th St, Kansas City - 5440 NW 64th St, Kansas City

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330 NE Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64155330 NE Barry Rd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, NE Barry Rd, Kansas City - 330 NE Barry Rd

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13101 State Line Rd, Kansas City, MO 6414513101 State Line Rd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, State Line Rd, Kansas City - 13101 State Line Rd, Kansas City

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958 I-35, Kansas City, MO 64105958 I-35
Open until11:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Texas MedClinic Urgent Care, IH 35 N / Hwy 46 - 958 I-35
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2300 Main St, Kansas City, MO 641082300 Main St
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3027 Prospect Ave, Kansas City, MO 641283027 Prospect Ave
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2501 Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 641282501 Linwood Blvd
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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1914 Swift St, North Kansas City, MO 641161914 Swift St
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, Swift Rd, N Kansas City - 1914 Swift St, North Kansas City

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3845 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 641113845 Broadway Blvd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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3845 Broadway Blvd, Kansas City, MO 641113845 Broadway Blvd
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950 Minnesota Ave, Kansas City, KS 66101950 Minnesota Ave
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 950 Minnesota Ave
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5400 Independence Ave, Kansas City, MO 641235400 Independence Ave
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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2800 Clay Edwards Dr, Kansas City, MO 641162800 Clay Edwards Dr
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4300 Rainbow Blvd, Kansas City, KS 661034300 Rainbow Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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4630 Troost Ave, Kansas City, MO 641104630 Troost Ave
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • SunUnknown
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6501 E Commerce Ave, Kansas City, MO 641206501 E Commerce Ave
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
1.0(2 reviews)
Concentra Urgent Care, Front Street - 6501 E Commerce Ave, Kansas City
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4701 Mission Rd, Westwood, KS 662054701 Mission Rd
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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2300 Metropolitan Ave, Kansas City, KS 661062300 Metropolitan Ave
Open until 4:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
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2850 State Ave, Kansas City, KS 661022850 State Ave
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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2650 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Fairway, KS 662052650 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Open until 6:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
1.0(3 reviews)
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3035 N 22nd St, Kansas City, KS 661043035 N 22nd St
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4951 Roe Blvd, Roeland Park, KS 662054951 Roe Blvd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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5150 Roe Blvd, Roeland Park, KS 662055150 Roe Blvd
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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1100 E 63rd St, Kansas City, MO 641101100 E 63rd St
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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2630 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City, MO 641192630 NE Vivion Rd
Open until 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Walgreens - 2630 NE Vivion Rd, Kansas City
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2316 E Meyer Blvd, Kansas City, MO 641322316 E Meyer Blvd
4.98(3 reviews)
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5261 NE Antioch Rd, Kansas City, MO 641195261 NE Antioch Rd
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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5555 W 58th St, Mission, KS 662025555 W 58th St
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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4645 Shawnee Dr, Kansas City, KS 661064645 Shawnee Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 4645 Shawnee Dr
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5601 NE Antioch Rd, Gladstone, MO 641195601 NE Antioch Rd
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
1.0(5 reviews)
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6300 Johnson Dr, Mission, KS 662026300 Johnson Dr
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 am
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 6300 Johnson Dr
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1333 Meadowlark Ln, Kansas City, KS 661021333 Meadowlark Ln
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
Concentra Urgent Care, Wyandotte - 1333 Meadowlark Ln
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1333 Meadowlark Ln, Kansas City, KS 661021333 Meadowlark Ln
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  • Mon 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • TueUnknown
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatUnknown
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1.0(1 reviews)
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11200 E Winner Rd, Independence, MO 6405211200 E Winner Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
3.0(2 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

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I have had 2 visits the first was in the Higginsville office and one was in the Blue Springs office. Both visits were amazing. Love these people.
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1601 Meadowlark Ln, Kansas City, KS 661021601 Meadowlark Ln
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri11:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • SatUnknown
  • SunUnknown
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2261 S Sterling Ave, Independence, MO 640522261 S Sterling Ave
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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6100 Broadmoor St, Mission, KS 662026100 Broadmoor St
Open until 7:00 pm
  • MonClosed
  • Tue10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri10:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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7500 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 641147500 Wornall Rd
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Walgreens - 7500 Wornall Rd
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7301 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 662087301 Mission Rd
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8701 Johnson Dr, Merriam, KS 662028701 Johnson Dr
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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11601 E US Hwy 40, Kansas City, MO 6413311601 E US Hwy 40
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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358 US-69, Kansas City, MO 64119358 US-69
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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6344 N Chatham Ave, Kansas City, MO 641516344 N Chatham Ave
4.9(24 reviews)
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There are two types of flu vaccines: injection and nasal spray. According to the CDC, most flu vaccinations are administered with a needle inserted into the arm muscle, though a jet injector may be used in people aged 18 to 64. The nasal spray immunization is only available to people aged two to 49, with the exception of pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems, according to the CDC.

Can the vaccine give me the flu or other respiratory diseases?

The flu vaccine, according to the CDC, will not give you the flu virus. However, it does warn that it may cause many of the same side effects and symptoms as the flu and other respiratory ailments, including fever, cough, headaches, muscle pains, and a runny nose.

What kind of protection does the flu vaccine offer?

The flu vaccine, according to the CDC, can cut your chances of catching the flu by 40% to 60%. It goes on to add that there are two main factors that determine whether or not the flu vaccine will protect you from becoming ill with the flu. The person's attributes, such as age and health, as well as how well the current season's immunizations "match" the flu viruses circulating in the population, are all taken into account.

Can I lower my risk of the flu without getting a flu shot?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are a number of effective ways to reduce your risk of catching the flu without getting vaccinated. Exercising frequently, eating good meals, getting plenty of quality sleep, and managing stress are some of the most effective methods to maintain a robust immune system and avoid the flu. According to the CDC, other precautions include often washing your hands, covering your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing, and avoiding close contact with sick people.

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