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8419 S 73rd Plaza, Papillion, NE 680468419 S 73rd Plaza
Open until 5:00 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 - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
4.84(1.7k reviews)
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NextCare Urgent Care, Papillion - 8419 S 73rd Plaza
I won’t go to another urgent care. This staff and the doctors are the best! Friendly and understanding.

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5000 N 26th St, Lincoln, NE 685215000 N 26th St
Open until 4:00 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 - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 7:45 am - 4:00 pm
4.71(198 reviews)
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NextCare Urgent Care, 26th St - 5000 N 26th St, Lincoln
Easy to get in and be seen. Friendly and attentive staff. Good experience

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110 N 66th St, Lincoln, NE 68505110 N 66th 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 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 7:45 am - 8:00 pm
4.55(973 reviews)
NextCare Urgent Care, 66th St - 110 N 66th St
As always, great staff! Very thorough! Very clean

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3910 Village Dr, Lincoln, NE 685163910 Village Dr
Open until 4:00 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 - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 7:45 am - 4:00 pm
4.74(481 reviews)
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NextCare Urgent Care, Village - 3910 Village Dr, Lincoln
Very friendly and said merry xmas

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11946 Standing Stone Dr, Gretna, NE 6802811946 Standing Stone Dr
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sat12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Sun12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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11350 Wickersham Blvd, Gretna, NE 6802811350 Wickersham Blvd
Open until 6:00 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 - 5:00 pm
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6710 S 167th St, Omaha, NE 681356710 S 167th St
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  • 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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18040 R Plaza, Omaha, NE 6813518040 R Plaza
Open until 6:00 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
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5062 S 155th St, Omaha, NE 681375062 S 155th St
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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18201 Wright St, Omaha, NE 6813018201 Wright St
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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5908 S 142nd St, Omaha, NE 681375908 S 142nd St
5.0(1 reviews)
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17810 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 6813017810 W Center Rd
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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17650 Wright Plaza, Omaha, NE 6813017650 Wright Plaza
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14104 S St, Omaha, NE 6813714104 S St
Open until 5:00 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 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Midwest Minor Medical Urgent Care, Millard Clinic - 14104 S St, Omaha
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2921 S 168th St, Omaha, NE 681302921 S 168th St
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 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
1.0(5 reviews)
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2605 S 171st St, Omaha, NE 681302605 S 171st St
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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17030 Lakeside Hills Plaza, Omaha, NE 6813017030 Lakeside Hills Plaza
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  • Mon 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • SatUnknown
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13510 Q St, Omaha, NE 6813713510 Q St
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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12850 L St, Omaha, NE 6813712850 L St
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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  • Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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17909 Burke St, Omaha, NE 6811817909 Burke 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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110 N 175th St, Omaha, NE 68118110 N 175th St
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sat12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sun12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
2.0(0 reviews)
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12500 K Plaza, Omaha, NE 6813712500 K Plaza
Open until 5:00 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 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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304 N 168th Cir, Omaha, NE 68118304 N 168th Cir
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13155 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 6814413155 W Center Rd
Open until 3:00 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 - 3:00 pm
  • Sun 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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2609 S 132nd St, Omaha, NE 681442609 S 132nd St
Open until 6:00 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 - 2609 S 132nd St
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11343 S 96th St, Papillion, NE 6804611343 S 96th 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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9801 Giles Rd, Omaha, NE 681289801 Giles Rd
Open until10:00 pm
  • Mon 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sat12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Sun12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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9460 Giles Rd, La Vista, NE 681289460 Giles Rd
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  • 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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718 N Washington St, Papillion, NE 68046718 N Washington St
Open until 5:00 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
  • Sat10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy, Inside Target - 718 N Washington St
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20201 Manderson St, Omaha, NE 6802220201 Manderson 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
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  • Sun10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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2821 S 108th St, Omaha, NE 681242821 S 108th St
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 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.2(5 reviews)
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312 Olson Dr, Papillion, NE 68046312 Olson Dr
Open until 7:00 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 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sun12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
4.93(240 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

The professionals working to help me tonight were top notch! I appreciate their dedication to helping folks in pain, THANK YOU for taking care of my issue quickly! And thank you for helping everyone stay safe and healthy during COVID-19! You all are frontline healthcare heroes and it is obvious you care about your patients first and foremost!
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16959 Evans Plaza, Omaha, NE 6811616959 Evans Plaza
Open until 5:00 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 - 5:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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6901 S 84th St, Lavista, NE 681286901 S 84th St
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  • Mon 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • FriClosed
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, S 84th St., La Vista - 6901 S 84th St, Lavista

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9320 H Ct, Omaha, NE 681279320 H Ct
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  • 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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8380 Harrison St, La Vista, NE 681288380 Harrison St
Open until 6:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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3830 N 167th Ct, Omaha, NE 681163830 N 167th Ct
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 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.0(5 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

The staff was amazing and quick in completing the registration. I walked in just before closing time yet they all were so accommodating. The doctor took time to patiently listen to my concerns instead of rushing. The best after hours treatment I have received so far. Thank you Doctor and the team!
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16101 Evans St, Omaha, NE 6811616101 Evans St
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 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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16960 W Maple Rd, Omaha, NE 6811616960 W Maple Rd
Open until 7:00 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 - 7:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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3410 N 156th St, Omaha, NE 681163410 N 156th St
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 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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15525 Spaulding Plaza, Omaha, NE 6811615525 Spaulding Plaza
Open until 1:00 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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727 N 120th St, Omaha, NE 68154727 N 120th St
Open until 5:00 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 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.75(14 reviews)
This clinic has shorter than average waiting periods

Short Wait Time

Came in with severe eye pain. Dr. Found the foreign particle very quickly and cleaned up. Gave me numbing drops and I was back in action. Very much appreciated
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14450 Eagle Run Dr, Omaha, NE 6811614450 Eagle Run Dr
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9512 S 71st Plaza, Papillion, NE 681339512 S 71st Plaza
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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8419 S 73rd Plaza, Papillion, NE 680468419 S 73rd Plaza
Open until 5:00 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 - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.19(16 reviews)
I had to bring my GSD in after he really hurt his paw and was limping badly. I wasn’t able to get through to his actual vet. Urgent Pet Care not only got him in right away/ they got him in early. The staff is amazing, from the woman at the front desk, to the vet assistant to the veterinarian herself. My boy is feeling so much better and I saw glimpses of his old self after treatment. It’s hard to trust others with your baby, but everyone here took such great care of him and I couldn’t be happier.
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9001 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 681249001 W Center Rd
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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14460 W Maple Rd, Omaha, NE 6811614460 W Maple Rd
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  • Mon 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • WedClosed
  • Thu 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
MinuteClinic® at CVS®, W Maple Rd, Omaha - 14460 W Maple Rd, Omaha

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8525 S 71st Plaza, Papillion, NE 681338525 S 71st Plaza
Open until 7:00 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 - 7:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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13105 Birch Dr, Omaha, NE 6816413105 Birch Dr
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  • 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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8315 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 681248315 W Center Rd
Open until 6:00 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
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun11:00 am - 5:00 pm
CVS Pharmacy - 8315 W Center Rd
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu vaccine has been shown to reduce the risk of flu-related illness, hospitalizations, and fatalities in children. According to the Centers for Sickness Control and Prevention, it may even reduce the severity of disease in people who suffer breakthrough infections after getting vaccinated.

When is the flu vaccine available?

The CDC recommends getting the seasonal flu vaccine in September or October, before the flu begins to spread in communities. Because the flu season normally peaks in February and lasts well into May, the CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine even if you don't get it before the end of October.

The seasonal flu vaccine usually becomes available in July or August, according to the CDC, which is when children should get it. Adults are advised not to get vaccinated at this time since the flu vaccine's effectiveness decreases over time.

Why do I need to get vaccinated every year?

According to the CDC, everyone six months and older should get a flu shot every year. Because flu viruses evolve over time, flu vaccines must be updated every year to offer protection against the most recent strain. According to the CDC, the flu vaccine's immunity weakens over time, so a yearly dose can provide the most protection.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

The CDC recommends that everyone six months of age and older get the flu vaccine every season. It does, however, mention that different vaccines may be required for different people. The nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women due to an increased risk of complications, according to the CDC.

What are my flu vaccine delivery options?

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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