Immunizations, or commonly referred to as vaccinations, protect you and your children from contracting infectious diseases.

Often given in shot form, they aid in reducing the spread of diseases to others. Most of the time, the vaccine contains a dead or weakened version of the organism that causes the disease. By introducing your body to a very small amount of the disease causing organism, your immune system is able to build up antibodies against that disease. In the future, these antibodies act as your body’s defense mechanism and fight off the harmful organisms.

Our physicians, and nurses are on hand to help assist you and your new infant through the vaccination process. Vaccinations for your newborn are essential. Infants are extremely vulnerable to disease and do not possess an immune system capable of fighting off infection. As children grow older, the number of vaccines/boosters given decreases. Most schools and day cares require vaccinations for enrollment. Some recommended adolescent vaccinations include: bacterial meningitis, chicken pox, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, influenza, hepatitis A/B, human papillomavirus, measles, mumps, and polio.Our professionals can provide you with vaccine recommendations, get you started on a regimented schedule, and address any of your concerns.

As an adult, the vaccines recommended are dependent on a number of factors such as age, health, pregnancy status, lifestyle, childhood vaccines, who you will be in close contact with, and your travel destinations. Some common adult vaccines are influenza, human papillomavirus, pneomococcal, shingles, tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Our doctors can discuss which vaccines best fit your life and why.

Like most medications, vaccines can cause side effects. Slight fever, mild rash, redness at injections site, lack of appetite, and sleepiness are not serious but fairly common symptoms. Rarely, vaccines cause a high fever or difficulty breathing (i.e. anaphylactic reaction) and your doctor should be notified immediately.

Always keep immunizations records from birth for school/university, employment, public housing, and travel.

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