Vaccinations are preventive medications administered to protect you from a specific illness. After you have been vaccinated, the chances of you contracting the illness drop significantly. If you do get sick, your symptoms may be less serious.
Your immune system is responsible for protecting you from illness by attacking pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria. Vaccinations contain a weakened or dead form of a specific pathogen. When your immune system encounters this substance, it learns to attack it. If you ever encounter the live version of the pathogen, your immune system will already know how to fight it, and you’ll be less likely to become seriously ill.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend vaccinations against a wide variety of illnesses. Most of these vaccinations should be administered during childhood. However, some vaccinations are also recommended for adults. Vaccinations the CDC currently recommends for adults include:
Other vaccinations may be recommended for adults with certain medical conditions or for travel to specific areas. Dr. Paul Grewal or Dr. Sowa can help you determine which vaccinations are appropriate for you.
Vaccinations are generally considered safe for most people. Although some side effects or complications may occur, the risks associated with the diseases vaccinations protect against are much more serious. Most side effects related to vaccines, such as fever or soreness at the injection site, are mild and go away on their own after a few days.
As patients differ in their needs and health risks, vaccinations also differ in who should receive them and how often. While you may need to get some vaccinations every year, others may last for ten years or more. Dr. Paul Grewal or Dr. Sowa will tell you which vaccinations you need and how often you should get them.
In most cases, your doctor will review your need for vaccinations at your annual checkup. However, if you think you need a vaccination before you’re due for your annual checkup, contact the office for guidance.
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